With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to meet with people out in the community and on their doorsteps. My family and energetic team of volunteers are excited to be participating in three local parades celebrating Independence Day, the day when our forefathers asserted in the Declaration of Independence that, “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” entitled them to cast off the oppressive rule of Britain and to fight for their belief that they were, “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The good guys won so here we are!
I wish all was bright and happy for patriotic Americans. There is a cloud, however, hanging over the weekend’s festivities. This past week brought bad news for those of us who believe in the rule of law and respect for the United States Constitution. Obviously many leaders do not share a commitment to those principles which have made America great.
Obamacare remains a mess. Virginia families have seen firsthand the negative impacts of Obamacare: Cancelled plans, skyrocketing premiums, higher out-of-pocket costs and stunted job markets as businesses are leery of hiring. The Court’s decision provides no prescription for these ills.
The Supreme Court’s decision does not have to be a lost opportunity. Congress can and should still act to replace this broken law with real health reform that puts patients and doctors back in charge, lowers costs and gives states more flexibility to care for our most vulnerable citizens without expanding entitlements.
Along with other Republicans in the House of Delegates, I remain committed to protecting Virginians from the side-effects of Obamacare by doing everything we can to keep costs under control and provide flexibility to families and businesses.
We also remain committed to strengthening our health care safety net without expanding our broken Medicaid system. Just this past week, I received a letter from the Loudoun Free Clinic’s Executive Director thanking members of the General Assembly for helping them better serve the low-income families who rely on the clinic for help. The increased funding for the clinics came after local legislators toured the facility and conveyed the need for increased funding to lawmakers in Richmond.
The legal gymnastics used by the Court do not change the fact that the Affordable Care Act is an unworkable and unaffordable disaster.
Along the same lines, the Court’s 5-4 decision that ruled that the Constitution requires states to recognize same-sex marriages was another swing-and-a-miss. For the vast number of Virginians that hold to the belief that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, the ruling sends the simple message that their right to be represented by an elected legislature is subject to the personal preferences of five unelected individuals. Moving forward, it is of critical importance that the religious liberties of all Virginians be respected. We must also ensure that the constitutionally guaranteed right to the free exercise of religion remains undiminished.
The court’s rulings are not the final word. The patriotic spirit that we know exists in America remains active, and I for one will not sit idle while well-meaning advocates of social change persist in reducing the Constitution to a set of intangible and ever-morphing guidelines. Constitutional proponents are fighting for sound, uniform rule of law, and we will work to reclaim the ground that has been taken. We can start by renewing our resolve to respect the legislative process of our nation and our respective states and to move our great nation in the right direction by being well-informed and voting our values.
Delegate Dave LaRock
Delegate Dave LaRock represents the 33rd House District, including parts of Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick Counties, and the towns of Leesburg (partial), Purcellville, Berryville, Lovettsville, Round Hill, Hamilton and Hillsboro. LaRock serves on the Transportation Committee, the Science and Technology Committee and the Courts of Justice Committee. Dave and his wife, Joanne, have lived in Loudoun for 29 years, building a successful family-owned general contracting business. The LaRock’s reside near Hamilton with Laura, Abby and John, the youngest of their seven children. Please call me for help anytime at 703 751-8043.