From the office of Del. Pat McDonough:
“While I am concerned about rising health care costs, on both a national and a state level, any solution reached must be constitutional.”……Delegate Pat McDonough
Delegate Pat McDonough (R-Dist. 7) welcomed the news that 26 states scored a substantial victory in federal court concerning the unconstitutional Health Care Reform Law, known as Obamacare. The states had urged the court to strike down the “individual mandate” provisions of the act passed by Congress requiring that Americans buy health insurance or face a penalty. The court ruled that the entire act is unconstitutional because the individual mandate portion cannot be separated out from the act.
Del. McDonough applauds the ruling from U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson which recognized that Congress had reached well beyond its constitutional authority. “The democrat Congress reached well beyond its authority into the lives and freedom of Americans,” McDonough said.
As the Health Care Reform Law has been ruled unconstitutional by two federal district courts, McDonough is urging Gov. O’Malley and the General Assembly to await clarification before moving forward with costly state provisions of Obamacare.
“I am requesting a ruling from the Maryland Attorney General concerning implementation of any aspect of Obamacare in this year’s budget as I fear the Governor may be violating his oath of office if he allocates tax dollars for an unconstitutional program”, stated McDonough.
According to McDonough, all Maryland legislators, including the Governor, have taken an oath to defend both our state and our national constitution, and until this issue is decided by the Supreme Court we must follow the law.
“The law of the land today is that Obamacare is unconstitutional”, said McDonough.