Statement by Mario Loyola, Director of the Foundation’s Center for Tenth Amendment Studies:
“Judge Roger Vinson’s ruling striking down the individual mandate as an unconstitutional exercise of the Commerce Power is correct. Congress has never before required the purchase of a good or service, nor should it be granted such pervasive authority.”
Statement by The Honorable Arlene Wohlgemuth, Executive Director and Director of the Foundation’s Center for Health Care Policy:
“Today’s ruling is exactly the check against congressional overreach that the Founding Fathers intended it to be. When the U.S. Supreme Court upholds today’s decision, it will open the door for states to implement real health care reform.
“The individual mandate is just as damaging to the marketplace as it is to individual liberties. Robust competition is vital to a healthy marketplace. Part of having robust competition is not only the ability of consumers to choose one product over another, but to refuse all products when no company meets their needs.”
Mario Loyola is Director of the Center for Tenth Amendment Studies at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
The Honorable Arlene Wohlgemuth is the Executive Director and Director of the Center for Health Care Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. She served 10 years in the Texas House of Representatives, specializing in health care issues.
The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit free-market research institute based in Austin.
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