February 6, 2013
Live online tomorrow: PLF vs. Obamacare
At Cato tomorrow, PLF’s Tim Sandefur will explain why Obamacare taxes are unconstitutional
PLF continues to litigate a federal lawsuit against Obamacare, the “Affordable Care Act,” because its billions of dollars in new taxes were enacted unconstitutionally.
PLF Principal Attorney Timothy Sandefur will speak about our lawsuit — Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — at a Cato Institute forum tomorrow (Thursday, February 7).
The forum will take place at 4:00 p.m. (EST), at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. Event details
are available online.
If you can’t make it to the Cato Institute in person, watch the function live online.
Read Tim Sandefur’s law review article on the continuing constitutional objections to Obamacare. Listen to a podcast on our case.
Tax-raising Obamacare started in the wrong house of Congress
Obamacare will impose more than $800 billion in new taxes on Americans over the next decade, according to Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation.
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].”
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Matt Sissel, PLF Client
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.
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