Governor: Accountability, Alternative Plans are Solution to Health Care
Individual mandate plans "unconstitutional," says Virginia Gov.
Gov. Bob McDonnell still holds a strong stance on the individual mandate provision of the 2010 health care reform law, stating that the mandate is “unconstitutional.”
“I want to win the case in the Supreme Court that we’ve got in Virginia,” said McDonnell (R) of the case in which U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson said that stated an opinion on Monday that it is unconstitutional to mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that all U.S. citizens have health insurance by 2014.
“This suit is a lot more than health care,” said McDonnell. “This is about what did the founders mean in the United States Constitution. Because if the federal government can say ‘all of the citizens of Virginia must buy a good or service and if you don’t then we can fine you’ I think there are very little left to the limits on federal authority.”
McDonnell said this health care bill in Virginia would cost $2 billion in unfunded mandates over the next ten years. As an alternative, McDonnell said that he has his own initiative that has been in place for five months that will improve access, delivery system and manage care in the Commonwealth.
“We also need people to be accountable for their own health. At the end of the day it’s your health and it’s your body and we have to stress that with more diet, exercise, nutrition and checkups,” McDonnell said.
McDonnell said he plans to use “common sense things” to help reduce the cost of health care, including preventative care.