Washington, Feb 15 –
Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) filed an amendment to H.R. 1, the Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Resolution (CR), to prohibit any federal funding from being appropriated by Congress to fund the individual mandate requiring Americans to purchase insurance or pay a fine.
“I support a full repeal of the healthcare bill. However, that process may be a lengthy one,” said Poe. “My amendment will ensure that no money is appropriated to enforce the unconstitutional mandate forcing Americans to purchase health insurance – putting an end to it here and now.”
The Poe Amendment states: None of the funds made available by this Act may be appropriated to any agency for the implementation, enforcement, or administration of section 1501 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the amendments made by such section, as amended.
Recently, a Florida federal judge ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. In the case brought by 26 states, including the State of Texas, the National Federation of Independent Business, and two individuals, Judge Roger Vinson ruled that the individual mandate is not a constitutional exercise of Congress’ Commerce Clause power.
Additionally, Judge Vinson struck down the entire law citing the lack of a severability clause, meaning that if one part of the law is found to be unconstitutional, the entire law is deemed unconstitutional.
“As I originally stated during the healthcare debate last year, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional,” continued Poe. “For the second time, a federal judge has ruled that the bill is not within the constitutional powers of the federal government.
“Americans have overwhelmingly rejected the philosophy that the federal government can do it better. It’s time to stop the massive government expansion and focus on real reform – not more government control.”
In addition to this amendment, Congressman Poe filed a stand-alone bill, the Defund the Individual Mandate Act, on the first day of the 112th Congress. Poe is also the cosponsor of Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act to fully repeal the sweeping government-run healthcare legislation.
Prior to serving in Congress, Congressman Poe served as a prosecutor and judge in Houston, Texas, for 30 years and holds a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center.
For more information on Congressman Poe, including numerous statements and speeches on his stance on healthcare reform, please visit our website: http://poe.house.gov.