October 31, 2012
However the election goes, PLF’s Obamacare challenge goes on!
We’ve actually heard from folks who wonder if PLF’s constitutional lawsuit against Obamacare could be dropped, depending on who wins the elections next week.
Our answer: No way, no how!
Whatever the results on November 6 — even if opponents of Obamacare come out on top — there is no guarantee that its costly, intrusive, unconstitutional provisions will be repealed.
: Thank you from Matt Sissel.
So our job continues. PLF is a pro-freedom legal watchdog — not a political organization. With the support of liberty-loving donors nationwide, PLF defends the Constitution in court, no matter who holds office in Congress, the state houses, or the White House.
Obamacare, with its massive, illegally enacted tax hikes, violates the Constitution. That’s why PLF is in this fight — and that’s why we’re staying in this fight!
If Obamacare is repealed by lawmakers or the Executive Branch, we will be glad to withdraw our lawsuit and join in the celebrations. But until that day — no way are we going away!
Tax-raising Obamacare started unconstitutionally — on the wrong side of the Capitol building
The Supreme Court labeled Obamacare’s financial charge for not buying health insurance as a “tax.”
PLF’s lawsuit says this means Obamacare is procedurally unconstitutional — because it didn’t start in the House of Representatives, as tax bills are required to do.
The Constitution’s Origination Clause (Article I, Section 7), says new revenue-raising measures must begin in the lower House — a safeguard for liberty by vesting the power to initiate taxes with the lawmakers who are closest and most accountable to the people.
But Obamacare started in the Senate, as a proposal by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Writing about PLF’s lawsuit, Georgetown University Law School Professor Randy Barnett said, “If any act violates the Origination Clause, it would seem to be [Obamacare].”
Listen to a podcast with PLF attorneys on the status of our Obamacare challenge
The case is Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. PLF’s amended complaint, a backgrounder, video, and podcasts may be found at PLF’s website: www.pacificlegal.org.
Enlist with Matt Sissel in PLF’s challenge to Obamacare!
In our challenge to Obamacare, PLF attorneys represent Matt Sissel, an Iowa small business owner who was awarded the Bronze Star for his service as a combat medic in the Iraq War.
“I’m in this lawsuit to defend liberty and the Constitution,” said Matt. “Those goals continue no matter how the elections come out. In the military we knew that quitting wasn’t an option — you don’t stop halfway up the hill. Same with this courtroom battle for freedom.
Thanks to PLF — and PLF donors — this lawsuit will continue as long as required, all the way up the judicial system, if necessary.”
You can help PLF — and Matt Sissel — battle the unconstitutional tax hikes in Obamacare, and you can aid all of PLF’s pro-freedom work, with a generous donation. Every time we file a brief or stand up to argue in court, PLF attorneys give voice to our thousands of patriotic supporters, nationwide. PLEASE DONATE to help us keep “rescuing liberty” in courts across the country — all the way to the Supreme Court!
ROBIN L. RIVETT