[img_assist|nid=23071|title=hands-off|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=150|height=160]Americans for Prosperity is glad to see that the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals recognized the unconstitutionality of the individual mandate in President Obamas new health care law. Congress has manipulated the Commerce Clause beyond the point of recognition and it is important that the courts step in to reestablish those important limits. The federal government does not have a plenary police power to control the everyday decisions of American citizens. The so-called progressive movement that dominated Washington D.C. and pushed through the new health care law against the strident and vocal opposition of the American people has gone too far in attempting to regulate the inaction of individuals who do not buy health insurance. Its good to see that the 11th Circuit upheld the Florida decision finding that overreach unlawful.
The federal courts are not the only place that critical battles are occurring over the health care law. Right now, Obamas HHS is asking the states to set up health insurance exchanges that will limit coverage and put bureaucrats between patients and doctors. Grassroots activists can have the biggest impact right now by talking to their state legislators and governors and telling them not to set up the exchanges. Many well-meaning conservative state legislators are moving ahead with the exchanges under the mistaken view that by doing so they will be able to keep control over the exchanges. This is not true; HHS will micromanage every aspect of state exchanges. We must stand up the federal takeover of health care by rejecting the new law in its entirety, not by setting the exchanges up for them.
Director of Government Affairs
Americans for Prosperity