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Governor Parnell Calls Health Care Ruling a Constitutional Victory

January 31, 2011, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today welcomed the news that Alaska and 25 other states scored a substantial victory on an important issue in a federal district court case challenging the health care reform law. 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.

“I am pleased U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson recognized that the Congress reached well beyond its constitutional authority — into the lives and freedom of Americans,” Governor Parnell said. “While I am concerned about rising health care costs, solutions have to be constitutional.”

While acknowledging contrary rulings from two other federal district courts, Governor Parnell urged the federal government to await court clarification. “Because the authority of Congress to enact the mandatory health insurance provisions has been ruled unconstitutional, I urge the federal government to voluntarily suspend all efforts to implement these provisions until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the issue,” Governor Parnell said.

Audio comments from Governor Parnell are available at: http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell_media/resources_audio/govreactionhealthcarelawruling.mp3

A copy of the order is available at:

http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell_media/resources_files/013111_ordergrandingsj.pdf

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