A number of Republicans opposed to the health care reform law are trumpeting the January 31 decision by a Florida federal district judge declaring the law unconstitutional. Sixth District Congressman James Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House, continues to be a strong proponent of the measure.
In a recent interview on Columbia affiliate WVOC, Clyburn says those who continue to question the constitutionality of the law should take a look at the entire federal district court system.
16 courts have taken this bill up: 12 have dismissed it, two have ruled against it, and two have ruled in favor of it. So, I don’t know why the judge down in Florida gets so much more import than the judge up in Michigan, or the judge in eastern Virginia, or the judge in the western part of Virginia. The vote has been split. Let’s just wait and let the thing get to the [U.S.] Supreme Court and see what happens.
Clyburn says he will fight vehemently against those who would attempt to repeal the law that is already proving to be a benefit to millions of Americans.
I am never going to vote to go back to the days when a man with prostate cancer can be denied insurance because of a pre-existing condition or when a child born with diabetes cannot get on his parents’ insurance policies because of a pre-existing condition. These type of things should not be taking place in the United States of America, but that is how it used to be.
Judge Roger Vinson, a Reagan appointee serving in Pensacola, Florida, ruled on January 31 that Congress overstepped its bounds with the inclusion of the individual mandate in the law requiring individuals to purchase health care coverage or face a penalty.