Rep. Marko Liias (D-Edmonds) announced Tuesday that he and 16 other Washington state legislators have joined forces in signing an amicus brief defending the constitutionality of the federal Affordable Care Act. Boasting 518 signatures representing every state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, the brief was filed at the Supreme Court by The Constitutional Accountability Center on Jan. 12.
“All Washingtonians deserve the basic security of good-quality health care,” Liias said. “The Affordable Care Act is the kind of health care reform we need to ensure all families have the opportunities and quality of life we deserve.”
The brief contends the lower court and state officials challenging the Affordable Care Act have inaccurately put forth a vision of that “…has no basis in the Constitution’s text and history.”
Other legislators representing Edmonds who signed the brief include Sens. Maralyn Chase and Paull Shin and Reps. Mary Helen Roberts and Derek Stanford.
“Even though Rob McKenna, our state’s Attorney General, is fighting to defeat important protections for Washingtonians, I am proud to stand up against this flawed view of our Constitution,” Liias said. “In the 21st century, ensuring affordable health for all Americans is clearly an issue of national importance.”