SALT LAKE CITY -- Lawmakers on Wednesday applauded the federal judge who ruled President Barack Obama's health care plan is unconstitutional.
Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, was the co-sponsor of House Bill 67, which was passed during the 2010 Legislative session and signed into law the night before Obama signed the health care act into federal law.
The bill asserted that health care delivery and systems is a state, not a federal, authority.
Adams said in a news conference Wednesday at the Capitol that Judge Roger Vinson's ruling is sound.
Vinson, a federal judge in Florida, ruled Monday that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Utah is one of 26 states that filed suit to block the implementation of the federal law.
The ruling stands on the principle that states have the right to rule themselves, Adams said.
"Those closest to the people govern best," he said.
Adams said it is better for each state to decide what is best for its residents rather than have "one-size-fits-all to resolve issues."
Adams was joined at the news conference by state Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, who said the federal law is now unenforceable in Utah.
Shurtleff said Utah and Idaho were the only states that had laws in place before the federal law was enacted.
The ruling could have an impact on future federal mandates, which include roads and public lands, Shurtleff said.
Along with Adams at the news conference was the bill's sponsor, Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman,
When Wimmer introduced the bill last year, he heard "that this was a worthless message bill." Wimmer said because Gov. Gary Herbert signed the bill on March 22, 2010, Utah had a standing in the courts.
The Florida judge did not impose an injunction, but said his ruling was the same as an injunction, Shurtleff said.
The attorney general's office will advise the governor that "Utah is relieved from complying with the federal law," Shurtleff said.
Shurtleff said if the Obama administration disagrees with the ruling, it should file a notice of appeal in the 11th District Court and not wait.