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Texas Takes Steps to Block Obamacare On its One Year Anniversary

One year ago the U.S. Congress completed one of the most infringing programs in our country’s history known as ObamaCare.  To mark this anniversary the Texas House State Sovereignty Committee passed out three bills aimed directly at the heart of Obamacare.  These proposals all address the costly, unfunded federal healthcare mandates in a variety of ways, including prohibition of, studying of, and expressing Texas’ opposition to the federal healthcare reforms.

After passage of the bills State Sovereignty Committee Chairman Brandon Creighton stated that “House Bill 32, 335, and House Concurrent Resolution 27 all help defend our individual freedoms and allow personal choices with regard to medical decisions.”

Resistance against ObamaCare has been determined and widespread throughout Texas and our nation.  Twenty-six states, including Texas, are suing the federal government for unconstitutional mandates and eight states have passed legislation against ObamaCare.  In January, the United States House of Representatives voted to repeal ObamaCare, and public opposition to the new health restrictions remains strong in Texas and nationwide.

HCR 27 by Rep. Wayne Christian explicitly expresses the will of the people that Texans are opposed to the implementation of Obamacare in Texas.  Rep. Christian said he is “thrilled on the one year anniversary of ObamaCare, one of the most infringing programs in our country’s history, we have taken a step forward to terminate Obamacare in Texas by passing HCR 27.  Texas will triumph over this unprecedented federal mandate on behalf of our citizens.”

House Bill 32, which Creighton authored, is modeled after Virginia’s bill, passed last year, that prohibits residents of the state from being required to purchase healthcare coverage.

House Bill 335, authored by Representative Mark Shelton (R, Ft. Worth), requires state agencies, before implementing any part of the federal healthcare law, to issue a report to the Legislative Budget Board, that states the impact and consequences of having to comply with federal mandates.

*Like always, I work for Rep. Wayne Christian and I am biased.  But I swear, it really is a good bill.

Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional

Federal Judge Roger Vinson of the Northern District of Florida Court ruled that Obamacare is unconstitutional and the entire law is void.

Ronald Reagan appointed Vinson to the bench in 1983, a very fitting present to honor the 100th birthday of Reagan.

By my count three Federal Judges have ruled against Obamacare while one has ruled for Obamacare.

These rulings taken all together this is very good news because I am told it could fast track the appeals process to the U.S. Supreme Court since the Supreme Court takes a special interest in cases that have been ruled on differently by separate federal district courts.  This could take a couple years though for the case to work its way up to the Supreme Court even if it is fast tracked.

In Texas your State Representatives are trying to pass HJR 51 that will attempt to block the enforcement of Obamacare in Texas.  If passed HJR 51 will go to the voters of Texas as a constitutional amendment in the November 2011 general election.  Has your State Representative signed onto the bill yet?


Federal Judge to Rule on Obamacare Today

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced on facebook today that a Federal Judge is expected to rule on Obamacare today.

For background information on what other Federal Judges have ruled on Obamacare check out this previous post.

Your Texas State Representatives are working hard to block the enforcement of Obamacare in Texas, learn more about their efforts to pass HJR 51 here.

Thursday: Arguments In Texas Obamacare Suit to be Heard

On Thursday December 16th arguments in the multi-state lawsuit against Obamacare that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Governor Rick Perry have signed on to will be heard in federal Judge Roger Vinson’s court in the Northern District of Florida.  A decision in this court is expected in early next year according to the Wall Street Journal report.

AG Abbott is expected to attend the hearing in Pensacola, Florida according to the Austin American Statesmen.

Here is a summary  from the Wall Street Journal of the important rulings that Federal Judges have made and that are upcoming.

Reason #3 Why I Love Virginia

Today a Virginia Federal Court Judge ruled that parts of Obamacare are unconstitutional.  This is great news in the first step of a long court process.  Next step is most likely the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA.

The Virgina Judge that ruled today was a George W. Bush appointee.  However according to the Austin American Statesman the 4th court of Appeals is dominated by Judges appointed by Democrats.  Additionally two other Federal Judges have separately ruled that Obamacare is constitutional, although those cases had a key difference than the case that was ruled on today according to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

But Abbott said the Virginia ruling is different, because it was the first to take up the challenge of a state to the health care law.

Taken all together this is still good news because I am told it could fast track the appeals process to the U.S. Supreme Court since the Supreme Court takes a special interest in cases that have been ruled on differently by separate federal district courts.

Attorney General Greg Abbott who has jointly filed a lawsuit against Obamacare with other states strikes a positive tone in this Texas Tribune interview.

“This is a huge victory for Americans who feel that Congress overstepped its authority by passing Obamacare, a huge victory for Americans who believe in limited government and limitations on Congress, and a huge victory for the future of the Texas legal challenge to Obamacare,” Abbott said in a phone interview.

“We believe the legal analysis applied by the judge in the Virginia case will be similar to the legal analysis applied by the judge in the Texas case,” Abbott said.

Per the same Texas Tribune article Governor Rick Perry also sounds a positive note in his statement on the ruling.

Today’s court decision on the federal health care bill is promising news for Texans and all Americans, who have had enough of the ongoing federal intrusion into their lives, and who reject this one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with health care. The federal government’s attempt to force every American to buy government-approved health insurance is an egregious violation of our Constitutional rights. The 10th Amendment and individual liberties must be protected, and I am committed to fighting the overreach of Obamacare and challenging these unconstitutional mandates, which have gone far beyond both the letter and spirit of the Constitution.

And just in case you care, reasons # 1 and #2 on why I love Virginia, I was born there and my parents live there.