Domenech joined Heartland in 2009 after several years working and writing on national health care policy, beginning with a political appointment as speechwriter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, and continuing as chief speechwriter for U.S. Senator John Cornyn during the Medicare Part D debate on Capitol Hill.
In addition to his work with Heartland and The Federalist, Domenech is the publisher of a daily subscription newsletter, The Transom, which is read daily by thousands of political insiders.
Domenech co-founded Redstate andhosts a popular podcast on market issues in the global economy -- and for which he won a "Sammy" award in 2011 — called Coffee & Markets.
In 2009 he was selected as a Journalism Fellow by the Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution.
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At noon in Virginia today, Judge Henry Hudson released his ruling in the case of Commonwealth of Virginia vs. Sebelius, a case against President Obama’s health care law, finding the individual mandate within that law unconstitutional.
Hudson found in favor of the Commonwealth, writing that the provision of the law which mandates minimum essential coverage “exceeds the constitutional boundaries of congressional power.”
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R), who has led the case, released a statement hailing the victory as a significant step.
“I am gratified we prevailed. This won’t be the final round, as this will ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court, but today is a critical milestone in the protection of the Constitution,” said Cuccinelli.
Hudson did deny the Commonwealth’s request for injunctive relief, since the individual mandate to purchase insurance doesn’t go into effect until 2014.
The case advanced rapidly following Virginia’s passage of a health freedom act through the General Assembly, which blocked any legal requirement for individuals to purchase health insurance, and set up a state-backed challenge to the individual mandate.
Hudson previously rejected the federal government’s motion to dismiss, and his decision today will be the first of several to come in several continuing lawsuits against President Obama’s law.
Take a few moments to listen to our latest podcast with Maureen Martin, legal expert for the Heartland Institute, in which she breaks down the possible outcomes and the future paths for these lawsuits through the court system.