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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Challenge to Federal Health Care Act


Location: Austin, TX

Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding a federal judge's decision to allow Texas' and other states' challenge to the legality of federal health care legislation to proceed:

"Today's decision on the federal health care bill lawsuit represents a significant step forward in the ongoing fight against rampant federal overreach. While we would have preferred to see the court proceed on all six counts, we're encouraged that states' rights protected under the Constitution's 10th Amendment will be addressed, and that Americans facing this unconstitutional mandate will now have their day in court."

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson today found that states' legal challenge to the recently enacted federal health care law "most definitely" raises significant constitutional problems, and therefore rejected the Obama Administration's motion to dismiss the legal challenge brought by a bipartisan coalition of 20 states. The federal court's ruling held that the states have the right to advance their challenges to the requirement that all Americans purchase government-approved health insurance and the federally-mandated expansion of Medicaid programs.

This administration continues to spend excessively and impose unfunded mandates upon the states, including the federal health care reform bill that will cost Texas taxpayers more than $27 billion over 10 years for the Medicaid expansion starting in 2014.

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