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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) hailed the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling that the individual mandate in the President’s health care law is unconstitutional.

“What we are witnessing is the continuing unraveling of the President’s health care law.  This law reduces Americans’ abilities to make their own decisions about their health care and increases premiums, taxes and regulations.  Worse yet, it forces Americans to buy health insurance approved by the government.  This expansion of federal power is egregiously unconstitutional and I am pleased to see that the justices of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals see it that way as well,” Boozman said of the ruling.

In May, Boozman joined 43 of his Senate colleagues in filing a friend-of-the-court brief urging the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to uphold a Florida federal judge’s ruling that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

The amici curiae brief argued the individual mandate in the law ‘exceeds the proper scope of the Commerce Clause’ that ‘would result in a dramatic expansion of Congressional power without any realistic limitation on its reach.’

“I continue to fight this overreach of government.  I am committed to working to defund and repeal this legislation to provide Americans quality affordable access to health care based on free market principles. What the President forced through Congress and signed into law are not the reforms Americans deserve.  Today's decision only strengthens our case for repeal,” Boozman said.

Boozman has continuously opposed this law, most recently voting to repeal the law and strip the burdensome 1099 reporting requirements as well as voting to defund the law.