Congressman Crowley Denounces Virginia Judge's Ruling Against Health Reform
Washington, D.C. —Today, Congressman Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), one of nine chief deputy whips, issued the following statement in response to today's ruling by a Federal District Court judge in Virginia against the individual mandate in the new health reform law. Fourteen other judges have previously ruled against similar lawsuits.
“Today’s ruling in Virginia demonstrates that partisan politics doesn’t stop at the bench. However, just as the other 14 similar lawsuits have either been dismissed or ruled in favor of the law by both Democratic and Republican judges, I am confident that this lawsuit will also be rejected and all Americans will soon be able to access quality healthcare with the Affordable Care Act. The individual mandate provision is a critical part of improving our nation’s health care system, since we all are affected by the system in some way. This provision not only ensures that every American can get healthcare, but also helps keep costs down and makes possible the law’sconsumer protections, such as the ban on denying coverage to those with preexisting conditions.”
Congressman Crowley is the six-term representative from the 7th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and the Committee on Foreign Affairs.