Earlier today, U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson ruled in the much anticipated Virginia challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. His ruling strikes down the individual mandate, requiring every American to purchase health insurance. An essential component of the Commonwealth's case is the Virginia Healthcare Freedom Act, which was passed by a bipartisan majority during last year's session.
Although this is just the beginning of a battle which will ultimately be decided by the United States Supreme Court, a ruling in Virginia's favor shows that there are legal precedents to support our argument. I am a strong supporter of the Attorney General's work with this case on behalf of all the citizens of the Commonwealth.
During my career, I have urged state and federal leaders to take action and develop common sense health-care reform. These reforms should continue to ensure Americans have access to treatment when they are sick or hurt, and add personal responsibility and cost control measures to our current system. Unfortunately, the current administration's approach has highlighted the differences in attaining these goals. I continue to have an ongoing commitment to cost effective care and reform of the underlying principles of the healthcare system such that everyone has access to quality healthcare.
A government mandate ultimately leads to a federal takeover of a huge segment of our economy and ignores the constitution. While private healthcare solutions are not perfect, they should be more efficient and cost effective than a government-run program. We must work together in the long term to find effective market-based solutions to our growing healthcare needs without the government mandating its involvement going forward.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.
Jeffrey L. McWaters