The lawmaker continued by declaring that Congress had exceeded its authority under the Commerce Clause when the U.S. House voted to approve the $940 billion-plus health care expansion on March 21. In addition to legal challenges by attorneys general around the nation, legislatures in three states, Virginia, Idaho and Utah, have voted to block all or parts of the federal legislation, including a provision requiring their citizens to purchase an insurance product or face an increasing fine.
“The government’s takeover of American health care is a threat to our liberty and our wallets,” said Montesano. “I am urging my colleagues in the New York legislature to join with the taxpayers of this state and block this dangerous and costly bill. In the meantime, I have sent a letter to the attorney general alerting him to the unconstitutional nature of the legislation, urging him to resist the new mandates imposed on our citizens outside the scope of the Commerce Clause.”