Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX/4) joined Texas Republicans today in holding a press conference in the Capitol in support of the Texas Attorney General's court challenge to the health care reform bill that the President signed into law on Tuesday.
"This health care bill encroaches on the rights of the States as outlined in the Constitution," Hall said. "It imposes new federal Medicaid enrollment standards and dramatic Medicaid spending increases on the States, including mandatory spending of more than $24 billion in the State of Texas."
On Tuesday, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and 12 state attorneys general filed a legal action challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care law. They contend that the new law infringes upon Americans' protected individual liberties, encroaches upon the states' guaranteed sovereignty, forces states to spend billions of additional dollars on entitlement programs, and violates the Tenth Amendment, which states that powers not granted to the federal government nor prohibited to the states are reserved to the states or the people.
"These are legitimate concerns -- among many others -- in the President's health care law," Hall said. "I support this court challenge, and I am also cosponsoring several bills in the House to repeal the Democrats' flawed health care reforms and to prevent funds from being used for their implementation."
"This law is a massive expansion of government control of one-sixth of the economy and does not have the support of a majority of the people nor bipartisan support from the Congress," Hall reiterated. "My constituents are overwhelmingly against this radical change and are worried about the cost of these reforms on taxpayers, the fear of rising health care costs and rationing of care, and a government takeover of our health care system."
Hall also repeated his concerns about the deals that were made to achieve the votes for passage. "Deals were made in the Senate in exchange for votes, and until a week ago, the House did not have the votes to pass this bill. Under the statute of limitations, we have five years to investigate what happened and prosecute those who offered or accepted bribes in exchange for their vote. The American people deserve to know the truth."