Chairman Waxman’s Statement on Federal Court’s Ruling on Health Care Reform

Jan 31, 2011

Committee on Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement in response to today’s ruling on the constitutionality of a provision of the Affordable Care Act by a federal district judge.

Committee on Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement in response to today’s ruling on the constitutionality of a provision of the Affordable Care Act by a federal district judge.

“A number of cases have been filed challenging health reform.  I have always expected that there was a chance that one or two lower court judges would oppose the clear legal consensus that the law is constitutional.  But I firmly believe that the law is constitutional and ultimately that is what the Supreme Court will decide.”

Rep. Waxman, along with other members of the House and Senate Democratic leadership, has filed a bicameral amicus brief with the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal affirming his views on the case.  Earlier the Michigan court ruled that Congress had the authority under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution to mandate the purchase of health insurance.