House Leadership Responds to Court Ruling on Obamacare


In response to yesterdays US District Court ruling that the mandate imposed by President Obama’s healthcare law is unconstitutional in that it goes beyond Congress’s powers to regulate interstate commerce, New Hampshire House Speaker William O’Brien and Majority Leader DJ Bettencourt offered the following statements:

“I am pleased by the ruling of US District Court Judge Henry Hudson,” stated Speaker O’Brien (Mont Vernon).  “New Hampshire Republicans have voiced opposition to this mandate since it was proposed in the last session.  Indeed, we called on our own attorney general to join in the multi-state lawsuit to prevent the expected downshifting of millions of dollars in costs expected by the bill’s passage.  This will be the first step of what will undoubtedly be a long battle, but at the end of the day, the citizens of New Hampshire and the United States will be better off without this new mandate.”

“I am thrilled by this decision and join incoming Majority Whip Eric Cantor in suggesting this case go directly to the Supreme Court,” added Majority Leader DJ Bettencourt (Salem). “It is my fervent belief that government should not be in the business of telling our citizens how to run every aspect of their lives and it is refreshing to see a US District Court judge upholding the high ethical standards of his oath to the Constitution when it is so easy this day in age to do what is politically expedient.”