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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bonnen denounces federal healthcare legislation

Insider's Report Vol. 7, No. 36

With blatant disregard of the majority of Americans, our federal government passed an unconstitutional healthcare bill on Sunday that tramples on our state's rights, undermines individual rights, and calls for massive increases in state and federal spending.  In turn, I have joined my colleagues in sending a strong message to Washington that Texas will employ all means necessary to reject the federal takeover of healthcare.

In a letter submitted to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Monday, I offered my strong support of his legal challenge to the constitutionality of the healthcare reform legislation.  I also reiterated my concerns that the bill will result in healthcare rationing, higher taxes, huge spending increases, and increased bureaucracy.  The personal health insurance mandate that is included under this bill violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.  Further, the expansion of the federal government's role over healthcare policy goes well beyond the limitations imposed by the Tenth Amendment.

I also join a large coalition of my state colleagues in pledging to author and support legislation during the 82nd session that prohibits the implementation of the overarching federal healthcare overhaul in Texas.  While these efforts will likely end up in our federal courts and be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, the State of Texas must take a powerful stand and reassert its constitutional rights. 

The actions of the Obama Administration and the majority of Congress have left the nation feeling discouraged, distrustful, and frustrated.  But while they may have chosen to ignore the American people, I can assure you that I am committed to defending the rights and beliefs of my constituency and all Texans.  By challenging the constitutionality of the federal healthcare bill and taking legislative action on a state level to prohibit its implementation, I remain optimistic that Texans can be protected from this damaging legislation and that the framework of the U.S. Constitution will be restored.