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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

U.S. Rep. Karen Bass Statement on Federal Court Ruling on Health Care Reform

January 31, 2011
Press Release

Los Angeles, CA -- U.S. Rep. Karen Bass released the following statement following today's federal court ruling stating that the individual mandate component of health care reform was unconstitutional. Judge Rodger Vinson, a Reagan appointee, rather than simply strike down the provision, instead sought to invalidate the entire statute. The statement follows:

"Today's decision is not surprising given this court's history of right wing judicial activism, yet it is no less disappointing. Millions of Americans with pre-existing medical conditions, seniors who cannot afford their medical coverage, young adults who want to stay on their parents' health care coverage should not have to find themselves in a state of perpetual uncertainty because of the non-stop efforts of the conservative movement to repeal health care rights Americans now enjoy.  

"The continual assault on the health care security of our families must stop.  For too long insurance companies have won, and our families have lost. Business as usual cannot stand and those entities that put profits above people are not going down without a fight. We stand on the constitutionality of health care reform that protects parents and children, seniors who depend on Medicare and small businesses who provide jobs to employees. 

"Today's ruling is one of many on the issue but the fight to defend health care reform - the new law of our land - will continue stronger now than ever before." 



Congressmember Karen Bass represents the 33rd Congressional District which includes parts of Los Angeles, Hollywood and Culver City.  She serves on the House Budget Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee.