Law professors maintain the new health care reform law is Constitutional

01/18/11 Seán Kinane
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House Republicans took up their effort to repeal the health care reform law this afternoon. They plan to vote on repeal tomorrow. Even if it passes, it is likely to die in the Senate. An AP/GfK poll released yesterday found that only about a quarter of Americans support repeal of the law.

In addition to the attempt by conservatives in Congress to repeal the law, many states are challenging its constitutionality in court.

In a conference call with reporters today, The Center for American Progress and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy emphasized the constitutionality of the new health care reform law. Adam Winkler is a professor at UCLA School of Law.

"I've never seen such an outpouring of support among law professors before. Legal experts nationwide are worried about the bald-faced judicial activism of the lower court in Virginia. Even conservatives recognize that the Virginia court was only able to reach it's decision that the health care mandate was unconstitutional by reading a clause out of the Constitution. If people oppose health care reform they should seek repeal in Congress, they shouldn't rewrite the Constitution."

Meanwhile, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius warned today that more than seven million non-elderly Floridians would be at risk of losing their health insurance because of pre-existing conditions if the law is repealed or overturned. Sebelius said across the country, the number is as many as 129 million Americans.

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