In response to Friday’s ruling by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding Obamacare, Republican Nominee for Attorney General Todd P’Pool issued the following statement:
“I am encouraged to see that the 11th Circuit ruled to uphold liberty and protect the general police powers reserved to the states by ruling Obamacare unconstitutional,” said P’Pool. “Jack Conway believes that Obamacare is irrelevant to his job as Attorney General. When I’m Attorney General, the Constitution will be relevant to this job.”
On Friday, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Atlanta, ruled the individual mandate in Obamacare to be unconstitutional. Since the individual mandate provision is the cornerstone of President Obama’s law, this ruling is a significant blow to the White House and to supporters of the President’s health care reform.
Todd P’Pool has pledged throughout his campaign that he would join the other 26 Attorneys General from around the country who are challenging Obamacare in federal court. Democrat Attorney General Jack Conway has refused to join any of the lawsuits, repeatedly referring to them as “irrelevant” or as a “gimmick.”
The same day, U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released a statement from his Louisville office, regarding the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on the individual mandate in the health spending law.
“Like countless other Americans, I welcome the 11th Circuit's ruling against the individual mandate,” said McConnell. “Forcing Americans to buy health insurance approved by the government was an unprecedented, unwelcome, and unconstitutional expansion of federal power, and today's decision only strengthens and adds more momentum to the efforts of those of us who are working to repeal it. Congress should repeal this costly and burdensome law and replace it with the kind of commonsense reforms Americans really want.”
Sen. McConnell and 43 of his colleagues filed an amicus brief May 11th, 2011 with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the bipartisan, multi-state challenge to the Democrats’ health spending law. The filing followed a letter that Senator McConnell wrote to his colleagues, encouraging them to sign the brief.
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