Actress Janine Turner: New Health Care Law Not ‘A Vision of What Our Founding Fathers Would Have Liked’

By Edwin Mora | April 26, 2010 | 4:04pm EDT

Actress Janine Turner, founder of Constituting America. (Photo courtesy of

Washington ( – Actress Janine Turner, who also runs a group designed to inspire young people to study the U.S. Constitution, said that the new health care law and how it was crafted were “not based on what a true Republic represents or what our Founding Fathers would have liked.”
She also said there likely will be “some payback” in the November elections because of the health care law.
At an event to launch her new organization, “Constituting America,” asked Turner about the mandate in the law requiring every American to carry health insurance or face a penalty and that, in supporting this, had “members of Congress deliberately and willfully violated the Constitution, or do you think that they just don’t know the law and that’s why they voted in favor of the bill?”
Turner said, “I know one thing, you know, as a republic, the people rule through the representatives, and the representatives did not seem to be representing what the people wanted. And in that respect I think that they are not, they are not validating, going by the rules of the Constitution. And I think that there’ll hopefully be some, some payback for that in November.”

The health insurance mandate currently is being challenged by attorneys general in 13 states.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has stated that, “A mandate requiring all individuals to purchase health insurance would be an unprecedented form of federal action. The government has never required people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States.”
Concerning the lawsuits by the attorneys general and the legal details of the health care law, Turner said, “law-wise and what they did, I don’t know. That’s why I look forward to the next 90 days. I don’t know all the answers – what laws were broken in the Constitution (by the health bill) or if they were to do it (break the law).”
“It was just unfortunate, because I think it was not based on what a true Republic represents or what our Founding Fathers would have liked,” said Turner. “It definitely wasn’t a vision of what our Founding Fathers would have liked.”
Turner, who is known for her roles on the popular 1990s show, “Northern Exposure,” and the movie “Cliffhanger,” spoke with at an April 19 press conference sponsored by the Americans for Tax Reform, a conservative organization.
Turner was there to discuss the new group “Constituting America,” whose “mission is to reach, educate and inform America's youth and her citizens about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights.”
According to Turner, it’s important for young people to understand that the Constitution is “relevant” to today and is an “everlasting document.”
“The first thing we need to do is to make it hip and cool,” said Turner. “We need to bring it to the new generation – most of them probably haven’t even heard of the Constitution. They haven’t heard of the Federalist Papers.”
Turner’s group is also promoting “90 in 90,” an initiative that calls for reading the Constitution and the 85 Federalist Papers in 90 days.

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