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Saint Paul, Minnesota – State Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL – Saint Paul) and State Rep. Tom Huntley (DFL—Duluth) have joined over 150 lawmakers from over 25 other states in filing an amicus brief with the federal appellate court currently considering the Tea Party-fueled challenge to the health care law.
In a “Friend of the Court" brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Murphy and Huntley joined 154 state legislators from across the nation in standing against the attorneys general and governors who have spent the past year playing politics with the health security of Minnesota families by pressing forward with a partisan lawsuit at odds with the framers’ vision of the Constitution.
“We firmly believe the Health Law is constitutional. More importantly, we believe it’s time to move forward instead of in reverse so that we can improve health care and it's affordability in Minnesota and in this country,” said Huntley. “So many Minnesota families have already benefitted from the Health law. Children with preexisting conditions are receiving care, seniors are able to afford prescription drugs, and small businesses are getting tax credits so they can provide affordable coverage to their employees. Minnesota's policy makers should focus on how to implement the law, building upon the Minnesota reforms already in place. Minnesotans should expect and demand from this Legislature.”
The Tea Party influence against the Health Law has taken hold of the Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature, where they successfully amended a budget with unprecedented language that would ignore federal law. Murphy said the successful amendment was akin to the segregationists in the south ignoring the Civil Rights Acts in the 1960’s.
“To suggest that the state of Minnesota should, or legally even could, ignore the Health law before the federal courts have weighed in is a dangerous and telling precedent,” said Murphy. “The extent to which the Tea Party has taken hold of the health care debate for the Republicans is quite startling.”
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