TX Attorney General Reacts To Healthcare Ruling

Attorney General Abbott speaks to media following the first day of oral argument before the U.S. Supreme court on the constitutionality of ACA. Image provided by Office of AG.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott was in the courtroom when the Supreme Court announced its decision today to uphold the Affordable Care Act. The Attorney General says Texas will continue to look for ways to dismantle the law.

Texas was one of 26 states that sued the federal government to overturn the Affordable Care Act.

Attorney General Greg Abbott says today's ruling is actually a restraint on the federal government because the high court
decided the individual mandate portion of the law amounts to a tax.

"This decision, in reality, marks a turning point in constitutional history. The reason for that is that individual liberties are protected more under the Commerce clause. In that regard, the Supreme Court rebuked a runaway federal government that tried to hijack the Constitution, by imposing the unprecedented requirement forcing Americans to buy a product against their will."

However, Abbott says he still opposes the law and his office is already looking for other legal avenues to dismantle the so-called Obamacare law.

"A new tax was imposed on Americans across the state and country today. I am against this tax and I will work with the State of Texas and members of Congress to repeal this unprecedented tax."

Abbott says he was surprised that Chief Justice John Roberts was the swing vote in this case. He calls Justice Roberts' decision judicial activism.

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