Holder, Sebelius defend health care reform law after judge's ruling
December 14th, 2010
08:16 AM ET
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Holder, Sebelius defend health care reform law after judge's ruling

(CNN) - One day after a Virginia judge ruled a key part of President Barack Obama's health care reform law was unconstitutional, two members of Obama's administration spoke out publicly defending the law.

In an op-ed piece that appeared on The Washington Post's website Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius say that insured Americans carry an unfair burden in paying for those who don't have health insurance.

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  1. Chipster

    If it's unconstitutional to require people to have some form of health insurance then it must surely be unconstitutional for taxpayers to reimburse hospitals for treating the uninsured. This is similar to the argument that people have a right to drive motorcycles without helmets. If that's the case, then insurance companies have the right to exclude coverage for the cost of repairing the damage when your head is busted open like a watermelon. And taxpayers certainly should not have to pay the cost if you have no insurance. Rights come with responsibilities.

    December 14, 2010 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  2. Indy

    Every other country in the world that has Government healthcare is doing fine, it is not perfect by any means but it sure has been proven that the only way it works is if everyone carries health insurance. It will never work if there are exclusions for certain people. If people had a choice to pay taxes, some would not and you would have a disaster and health insurance has to be all for one one for all or it simply does not work. There is not one country in the world that has Government run healthcare that would give it up or repeal it, because it works if everyone buys into the co op system. In the entire world there is no better system then Government run healthcare that services every citizen. Private run healthcare has been proven 100% of the time to the worst and most expensive health care in the world. The Government makes you pay taxes and many Governments make you pay for a healthcare system through the Federal Government.You either buy healthcare as a country or continue to pay through the roof prices with no control of fees.

    December 14, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  3. stufit

    Good, maybe they can be tried for perjury. The current administartion is chock full of liars and thieves reflecting their boss.

    December 14, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Defending an unconstitutional law, is indefensible. Holder, and many others in Congress, should have known it would be found unconstitutional.

    December 14, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    What else would you expect from a Bush appointed judge that has a vested interest in opposing healthcare reform.

    December 14, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. Name king

    These people are sick, they constantly going going against their own interest then blaming the the president when harsh reality bits them. These health insurance people do not give a boot about the regular people. They scream about less government and want to put us in the hand of big insurance company, they will jack up the rates enormously for the people that can afford it, because they have to pay for every one that can't afford them. Imagine people like me that can afford it,
    rates will be jacked up 50 to 60 percent. The problem is these ediodic people will go back to their routine blaming the president when reality hits, and what they voted for materializes. Just like big corporations who are hoarding trillions of dollars and refuse to hire, yet they are bitching for tax cut money to hoard some more.

    December 14, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. Marcus

    I won't gonna talk about health insurance and car insurance, it's a bad line of thoughts due to the faulty comparison.
    Instead, I'd like to know how many other judges agreed with Judge Henry Hudson when faced with similar claims...
    Answer: No one, and it's NOT because he was the first one to deal with that.
    So Judge Henry Hudson's ruling is either a minority or a political biased one, right?

    December 14, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. Tony

    What the Virginia judge missed is that there is already an individual mandate. Federal law requires hospitals to treat every person who comes to an emergency room, regardless of ability to pay. The government reimburses hospitals with taxpayer dollars. In other words, taxpayers get the bill for the uninsured, whether they like it or not.

    December 14, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |