A minority in her own minority party, Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck was the lone Utah Democrat to sign a legal document in defense of President Barack Obama's signature health overhaul.
More than 500 lawmakers from all 50 states signed a "friend-of-the-court" brief backing the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, which is being challenged by 26 states in a case now resting with the U.S. Supreme Court. The brief, filed Thursday, was prepared by the Progressive States Network and Constitutional Accountability Center.
"The majority of my constituents support the Affordable Care Act," said Chavez-Houck, D-Salt Lake City. "It's not a black and white issue. There's work to be done to allow states some autonomy to partner with the federal government in implementing the law. ... But I find it nerve-wracking that we continue to challenge its most basic elements."