WILLIAMSBURG, Va, 13 DECEMber 2010: Virginia Senators Frederick M. Quayle (R-Suffolk), Stephen H. Martin (R-Chesterfield), and Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Fauquier) commented today on U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Federal healthcare mandate, which is integral to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Virginia’s lawsuit against the mandate stemmed from the passage of the Virginia Healthcare Freedom Act during the 2010 session of the Virginia General Assembly. Legislation creating the Act was sponsored by Senators Quayle, Martin, and Vogel, who introduced Senate Bills 283, 311, and 417, respectively.
Senators Quayle, Martin, and Vogel commented on the decision as follows:
- Senator Quayle: “Judge Hudson’s decision reaffirms the wisdom of Virginia legislators in approving the Commonwealth’s Healthcare Freedom Act. The creation of a Federal mandate that would be enforced upon individuals goes against the principles of individual liberty and freedom upon which our nation and Virginia were founded.”
- Senator Martin: “Today’s ruling validates our decision in approving this Act prior to the passage of the Federal healthcare law. Standing up for the right of the people to make their own decisions is essential to preserving a free society. Attorney General Cuccinelli and his team have clearly done an outstanding job in presenting their arguments and defending the rights of all Virginians.”
- Senator Vogel: “Although undoubtedly today will not be the last time a court rules on this matter, Judge Hudson’s ruling is gratifying for everyone who is committed to the rights of individuals. Constitutional principles and rights are intended to protect the people, not to subject them to new Federal mandates that go beyond the scope of government.”