George Will column focuses on PLF’s challenge to Obamacare
Washington, DC; May 7, 2014: In his nationally syndicated column this past weekend, renowned commentator George Will highlighted Pacific Legal Foundation’s constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — i.e., Obamacare — and the importance of this week’s appellate court oral argument in the case. A link to Will’s column may be found at PLF’s Liberty Blog.
PLF’s case, Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, invokes the Constitution’s Origination Clause (Article 1, Section 7), which requires tax-raising legislation to start in the House of Representatives. Obamacare raises taxes massively — including the individual mandate, which requires people to buy federally dictated health insurance or pay a fee to the government. However, the law was launched in the Senate, through a procedural ploy by Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Will argues that Reid’s “shell game — gutting and replacing [an unrelated] House bill — created the ACA from scratch,” and may have “doomed” the legislation in a constitutional sense.
Arguments in PLF’s Sissel case will be held at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, on Thursday morning, May 8.
PLF’s briefs, a litigation backgrounder, video, and a podcast may be found at PLF’s website: www.pacificlegal.org.
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