Minnesota Guv decries individual mandate as “clear infringement” on personal liberties in Monday statement.
Statement by Pawlenty on Federal Judge’s Health-Care Ruling
“I am encouraged by today’s ruling that Obamacare’s individual mandate compelling Americans to involuntarily buy health insurance is an unconstitutional power grab by the Federal government. Forcing citizens to purchase a good or service is a clear infringement on our personal liberties and must be stopped.
“While today’s ruling is a victory for individuals’ rights, I’m also hopeful that courts will recognize that Obamacare is also a threat to states’ rights. Last month, I joined the federal lawsuit in Florida that challenges Obamacare’s individual mandate and invokes the 10th Amendment in vigorous defense of states’ rights. In August, I issued an executive order directing Minnesota state agencies to reject participation in Obamacare unless required by law or consistent with existing state policy. I encourage governors to stand up for their states’ rights and do what we can to stop Obamacare.”
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