Anyone with the smallest drop of common sense knows that any time the government sticks its hand in something in an attempt to regulate it and make things “fair,” it’s destined to be a disaster of enormous proportions.
This is especially true in the case of Obamacare, which threatens to not only undermine free market principles and limit freedom of choice for Americans, but also degrades the quality of health care citizens receive.
The proof is in the pudding, so to speak, as one only needs to look at the secret VA waiting lists that led to the deaths of 40 veterans to see the direction Obamacare is headed, which is rationed care.
Doctors, state governments, local businesses, and many others have been fighting Obamacare tooth-and-nail to preserve freedom and economic prosperity, which this socialist piece of legislation threatens to destroy.
Now 20 states are taking the battle to the next level by filing new lawsuits against Obamacare, citing the Origination Clause as grounds for labeling the legislation unconstitutional
via the Colorado Observer:
Colorado is one of 20 states throwing its support behind a federal lawsuit that seeks to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA), contending that it violates the Origination Clause because the law began in the Senate instead of the House.
Attorney General John Suthers joined an amicus brief filed last week by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott in support of a lawsuit brought by Dr. Steven Hotze of Houston. Eighteen other attorneys general have also signed onto the brief, which is now before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
“If the Origination Clause means anything, it must mean that the ACA is unconstitutional,” says the brief.
The brief mentioned in the report goes on to explain the details of how the Affordable Care Act is in violation of the Origination Clause.
The brief argues that the Affordable Care Act violates the constitutional requirement that “bills for raising revenue” originate in the House. In its decision upholding Obamacare, the Supreme Court defined the health-care program’s penalty for non-compliance as a tax.
The brief argues that if allowed to stand, Obamacare would effectively render meaningless the Origination Clause, which is intended to keep the taxation power closest to the people.
In addition to Colorado and Texas, the states backing the lawsuit are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, and West Virginia.
These new lawsuits are great news, as it demonstrates that while Obama might tell Americans to stop fighting, that Obamacare is the law of the land, the truth of the matter is that the battle is far from over.
Clearly, the Affordable Care Act is considered a tax and it violated the Origination Clause of the Constitution, so it needs to be tossed out as unconstitutional. If more states continue to stand up and fight, this idea will continue to be validated and the courts will have no choice but to take it seriously. We can still win.
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