Manzullo urges Illinois Attorney General to challenge constitutionality of new health care mandate
From press release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo (R-16) joined several Illinois Congressional colleagues in a letter urging Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) to join 15 other state attorneys general in challenging whether the new federal health care mandate is constitutional.
The new legislation, signed into law by President Barack Obama, requires all Americans to purchase health insurance. Those who do not comply with the new mandate face federal tax penalties and possible imprisonment for tax evasion. Up to 16,500 new IRS agents could be hired to monitor compliance with this new mandate and enforce penalties against taxpayers.
“This is the first time the federal government has required Americans to buy a product or face fines and possible imprisonment, and it’s blatantly unconstitutional,” Manzullo suggested. “I urge Attorney General Madigan to join the other states in challenging this mandate on behalf of the people of Illinois.
“At a time when Illinois schools are laying off thousands of teachers to deal with the state’s $12 billion budget hole, this bill would add more than $1 billion in extra Medicaid costs to the state’s obligations,” Manzullo added. “It’s a disaster for the people of Illinois, and it needs to be struck down in the courts so we can focus on real reform that makes health care more affordable and accessible to Americans.”
The letter was also signed by U.S. Reps. Aaron Schock, Peter Roskam, Judy Biggert, John Shimkus and Tim Johnson, all of Illinois. To read the letter, visit http://manzullo.house.gov/UploadedFiles/health_care_10_letter_to_AG.pdf.
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