Dems’ Job-Destroying Healthcare Law Now Unconstitutional

February 2, 2011

FYI, a similar version of this release below went out to the following districts: Jason Altmire (PA-04), John Barrow (GA-12), Sanford Bishop (GA-02), Tim Bishop (NY-01), Leonard Boswell (IA-03), Bruce Braley (IA-01), Dennis Cardoza (CA-18), Russ Carnahan (MO-03), Ben Chandler (KY-06), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Jim Cooper (TN-05), Jim Costa (CA-20), Mark Critz (PA-12), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Joe Donnelly (IN-02), Raul Grijalva (AZ-07), Martin Heinrich (NM-01), Brian Higgins (NY-27), Jim Himes (CT-04), Maurice Hinchey (NY-22), Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15), Tim Holden (PA-17), Rush Holt (NJ-12), Jay Inslee (WA-01), Steve Israel (NY-02), Bill Keating (MA-10), Dale Kildee (MI-05), Ron Kind (WI-03), Larry Kissell (NC-08), Rick Larsen (WA-02), David Loebsack (IA-02), Jim Matheson (UT-02), Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04), Jerry McNerney (CA-11), Michael Michaud (ME-02), Brad Miller (NC-13), Bill Owens (NY-23), Frank Pallone (NJ-06), Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), Gary Peters (MI-09), Collin Peterson (MN-07), Chellie Pingree (ME-01), David Price (NC-04), Nick Rahall (WV-03), Loretta Sanchez (CA-47), Kurt Schrader (OR-05), Heath Shuler (NC-11), Adam Smith (WA-09), Betty Sutton (OH-13), John Tierney (MA-06), Niki Tsongas (MA-05), Pete Visclosky (IN-01), Tim Walz (MN-01), Anthony Weiner (NY-09), David Wu (OR-01), John Yarmuth (KY-03)
Grijalva’s Job-Destroying Healthcare Law Now Unconstitutional
Arizona Democrat Supports ObamaCare Despite Court Ruling Citing Its Harmful Effect on Small Businesses

Washington — In light of U.S. District Court Judge Robert Vinson’s decision on Monday that ObamaCare is unconstitutional, will Raul Grijalva and his fellow Democrats finally change their mind in supporting the job-destroying healthcare law? In the decision that struck down the law, Judge Vinson cited small business owners who were experiencing a considerable burden from the law’s requirements. So far, Grijalva has voted only to block repealing the controversial, and now unconstitutional, law which has proven to be bad for job creation, as well.

“The country’s fiscal and economic health is in critical condition, but Raul Grijalva and his fellow Democrats have only prescribed bigger government and more spending,” said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay. “This court decision has struck down one of the biggest examples of the Democrats’ free-spending and job-destroying ways. Given the growing consensus behind repealing and replacing ObamaCare, will Grijalva continue to stand in the way of reform?”

In his decision, Judge Vinson cited the example of small business owner Mary Brown to demonstrate how ObamaCare will place huge burdens on businesses and destroy jobs:

“One of the individual plaintiffs, Mary Brown, has filed a declaration in which she avers, among other things: … that both she and her business will be harmed if she is required to buy health insurance that she neither wants nor needs because it will force her to divert financial resources from her other priorities, including running her business. … that she must also now investigate the impact that compliance with the individual mandate will have on her priorities and whether she can maintain her business, or whether, instead, she will have to lay off employees, close her business, and seek employment that provides qualifying health insurance as a benefit.” (State of Florida vs. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, N.D. Fla. 2011)

When presented with the opportunity to repeal the job-destroying measure, Grijalva sided with his fellow Democrats in supporting the now unconstitutional law. (“Final Vote Results for Roll Call 14,” Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives Website,, Accessed 2/1/11)

Given that the unpopular job-destroying law is now unconstitutional as well, Grijalva can certainly look forward to having to explain his support for the increasingly controversial measure.