HARRISONBURG--Today, Senator Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) weighed in on U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson's ruling on the constitutionality of the federal health care mandate. "Today's ruling is a vindication for the majority of Americans," said Obenshain, "but far more importantly, it is a victory for the American people and for our constitutional principles."
Senator Obenshain, joined by all of his Republican colleagues and five Democrats, voted for the Virginia Healthcare Freedom Act (Senate Bills 283, 311, and 417 of 2010), which formed the basis for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's challenge to the federal statute, and served as a copatron of the measure.
A critical and controversial component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the mandate requires each American to purchase health insurance by 2014 or to pay a fine, in the form of additional taxation, for failure to do so. "Never before has the federal government required citizens to purchase a good or service merely by virtue of existing," said Obenshain. "Today's ruling is far from the last word on the subject, but it's very encouraging news."
"Ken Cuccinelli and his office have done an exceptional job of raising this important challenge to the federal health care bill," said Obenshain. "With the Constitution on their side, I am hopeful that today's ruling is just the first in upholding these important constitutional liberties."
Senator Obenshain represents the twenty-sixth district in the Virginia Senate. The district includes the city of Harrisonburg and the counties of Warren, Shenandoah, Page, Rappahannock and Rockingham (part).