Ohio Legislators Defend Constitutionality Of Health Law In U.S. Court Of Appeals
Framers of Constitution would support Affordable Care Act

Columbus -- Ohio State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) and six other Ohio Legislators have joined over 150 lawmakers representing Ohio and 25 other states to deliver a powerful message to the federal appellate court currently considering the Tea Party-fueled challenge to the health care law.  The legislators say the framers of the U.S. Constitution, including George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, would have supported the constitutionality of the law. 

 “There is no question that the framers of the Constitution would have viewed the health law as constitutional, and I have confidence that the courts will ultimately agree with their vision,” said Senator Skindell.

Joining Senator Skindell are the following Ohio Legislators:  Senator Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus); Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland); Representative Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood), Representative Ted Celeste (D-Columbus); Representative Mike Foley (D-Cleveland); and Representative Robert Hagan (D-Youngstown).

 In a “Friend of the Court” brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, seven Ohio Legislators joined 154 state legislators from across the nation in standing against the right-wing attorneys general and governors including Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine who have spent the past year playing politics with the health security of Ohio families by pressing forward with a partisan lawsuit at odds with the framers’ vision of the Constitution. 


“Struggling seniors and many Ohio families have benefited from the provisions of the health law that have already taken effect. Many more stand to benefit from the choice and competition set to go into effect in 2014,” said Senator Skindell.  “Now is not the time to go backward as those behind this lawsuit desire.”

 The brief describes the January decision by U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruling the law unconstitutional as “based on a fundamentally flawed vision of the constitutional role of our federal government and its partnership with the States—a vision that contradicts the original meaning of our founding charter.” 

 A copy of the court brief is available upon request.

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