The Republican congressman who represents Sandy Springs predicts the new national health care reform could “come tumbling down” after court challenges.

U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell, told the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs on Aug. 23 that while it is a “noble goal to get everybody covered in terms of health insurance,” the new law is flawed. “It is being challenged in the courts by no less than 30 states,” Price said. “The bill that was passed and signed into law was never supposed to be the final work product.”

He said the “biggest glaring error” is that the legislation lacks a “severability clause,” a clause allows the majority a bill to stand even if a portion of it is determined to be unconstitutional.

“So the court challenges on the constitutionality of the bill itself have a huge potential consequence to the bill itself,” Price said. “I believe the individual mandate is unconstitutional. Many individuals do. I think it will get to the Supreme Court relatively quickly.

“And when — and if — the Supreme Court decides that it is unconstitutional, then one can make a very cogent, credible argument that the rest of the bill comes tumbling down.”

Amy Wenk was editor of Reporter Newspapers in 2021-22.