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Pacific Legal Foundation
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Timothy Sandefur
Principal Attorney
Pacific Legal Foundation
tms@pacificlegal.org
(916) 419-7111

“Enlist with Matt Sissel” campaign spreads the word
about PLF’s Obamacare suit

Sacramento, CA; October 8, 2012: Pacific Legal Foundation today launched a marketing and communications campaign to spread the word about PLF’s constitutional challenge to Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act). Named for PLF’s client in the case, Matt Sissel (an Iowa small business owner and former Bronze Star-winning Iraq War combat medic), the campaign asks people to “Enlist with Matt Sissel — and PLF” to get Obamacare declared unconstitutional.

The campaign, which will run through the remainder of 2012, will include radio and web-based ads, as well as media outreach by PLF attorneys. A special “Enlist with Matt Sissel” landing page has been established with links to podcasts, videos and other campaign elements.

As recently amended, PLF’s federal court lawsuit targets Obamacare’s violation of the Constitution’s “Origination Clause” — Article I, Section 7, which requires that new revenue-raising bills start in the House of Representatives. Obamacare’s charge for failing to buy health insurance has been designated a “tax” by the U.S. Supreme Court. But it didn’t originate in the House, as the Constitution requires for tax measures. Instead, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid first introduced these provisions, by gutting a totally unrelated House measure and inserting the language of Obamacare into it.

Writing about PLF’s challenge at the Web site, Volokh.com, Georgetown Law School Professor Randy Barnett observed, “If any act violates the Origination Clause, it would seem to be the Affordable Care Act.”

PLF’s Plaintiff Matt Sissel: “I’m in this to defend freedom and the Constitution”

PLF attorneys represent Matt Sissel, a small business owner who chooses to pay for medical expenses on his own, rather than buy health insurance. He objects on financial, philosophical, and constitutional grounds to being ordered by the federal government to purchase a health care plan he does not need or want, on pain of a financial penalty.

“I’m in this case to defend freedom and the Constitution,” said Sissel. “I strongly believe that I should be free — and all Americans should be free — to decide how to provide for our medical needs, and not be forced to purchase a federally dictated health care plan. I’m very concerned about Congress ignoring the constitutional roadmap for enacting taxes, because those procedures are there for a purpose — to protect our freedom.”

An artist and owner of an art business in Cedar Rapids, Matt was a soldier with the Iowa Army National Guard from 2000 to 2008. He spent two years in Iraq as a combat medic, the second of which he volunteered for, providing medical care to the sick and wounded. On top of those duties, his second year was spent training and advising the Iraqi military. During his second tour, he received the Bronze Star for his service.

“I proudly wore the American uniform, to defend liberty and the Constitution,” said Sissel. “It’s dispiriting to see our lawmakers treat the rules set out in the Constitution with disrespect, as if they’re just suggestions, or as if members of Congress are too important to follow them.

“I am grateful that PLF is representing me without charge and allowing me to take a stand for principles, for my rights, and for the integrity of our Constitution.”

The case is Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. It is before Judge Beryl A. Howell, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

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