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From Congressman Ted Poe, 2nd District, Texas
Tonight, in the last hour, politics trumped the people and the House passed the Senate bill by a vote of xxx-xxx. As promised, I voted NO.
Over the last year, our country has been more engaged in our government than ever before and because of that we remain united to fight another day. While tonight was a devastating assault on our constitutional rights, it is far from over. Lawsuits will be filed in every courthouse in America. I have spoken to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and he has the full support, and vigorous encouragement, of the Republican members of Congress to take immediate action on the state level.
As a former judge, I have an appreciation for the laws in our country. The government takeover of healthcare is unconstitutional. Our federal government does not have the authority to force us to buy anything. That's not allowed under any stretch of the law or imagination.
This power grab is not about health, and it's certainly not about care. It's about liberty. It's about federal government control over people's lives. The federal government has no right to dictate to the people their healthcare needs or any other goods or services they deem necessary.
Over 70 percent of the American people are against this bill. I will continue to fight along side of the people against government intrusion and champion real reform that fixes what is broken and improves the greatest healthcare system in the world. No one argues that we need reform, but this bill was not the answer. It was never about reform – it was always about government control.
Rest assured tonight, this is not over. Let me leave you with these words:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
God and Texas,
Member of Congress