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January 31, 2011
7:48 PM

CONTACT: People for the American Way

Drew Courtney or Josh Glasstetter
Phone: 202-467-4999

Federal Judge Strikes Down Health Care Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON - January 31 - District Judge Roger Vinson today issued a ruling that would strike down key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Judge Vinson’s decision was consistent with another federal judge’s ruling last year in Virginia, but at odds with two other federal district courts which upheld the law on constitutional grounds. In the meantime, the law will remain in effect until an injunction or stay is ordered. People For the American Way Foundation President Michael B. Keegan issued the following statement:

“Today’s ruling is a superb example of why it’s so important to make sure that the men and women who serve as judges in our federal courts keep faith with our Constitution instead of pushing their own particular ideology from the bench. The Constitution gives Congress broad powers under the Commerce Clause to pass laws regulating business and protecting the American people, but Judge Vinson’s decision reflects a cramped view of that provision well outside the mainstream.

“I hope that Americans take this as an important reminder of the importance of having judges on the federal court who understand that the law and the Constitution serve all Americans, not just the powerful and the privileged.”


People For the American Way is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way. Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. Our America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry.

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