Search  |  Login  |  Register

1340899002000

(Washington, DC) - The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which represented more than 100 members of Congress and nearly 145,000 Americans in challenging the individual mandate of the health care law, said today it is “extremely disappointing” that the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the mandate and the entire health care law.

“The Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the individual mandate is extremely disappointing,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. “While the Court correctly concluded that the mandate violated the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, a majority concluded that the individual mandate is a constitutionally-acceptable taxing provision for the health care law.”

“The high court missed an important opportunity to rein in a runaway federal government that's determined to interject itself into every aspect of the lives of Americans. By permitting the individual mandate to stand, the high court opened the door to permitting the federal government to take more control over the lives of Americans.”

Sekulow added: “The decision to keep the health care law intact is problematic for our nation and the American people. The government-run, pro-abortion law may have survived constitutional scrutiny, but the focus now turns to November and the election. The American people understand that this law is not what our nation needs or deserves. Our efforts will intensify to support a legislative remedy that ultimately will result in the repeal of ObamaCare.”

The high court decision upholding the mandate as a taxing provision counters how President Obama has described the mandate in the past. The fact is that President Obama refused to frame the health care mandate as a tax during an interview with ABC News in 2009. The President flatly rejected the assertion that the penalty for not purchasing health care insurance should be characterized as a tax.  "I absolutely reject that notion," the President said.

The ACLJ’s amicus brief, posted here, was filed on behalf of 119 members of Congress and nearly 145,000 Americans and urged the high court to declare the individual mandate unconstitutional.

Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the ACLJ, focusing on constitutional law, is based in Washington, D.C.

 

Latest in
ObamaCare

Stimulus & ObamaCare “A Mistake”

By Matthew Clark1417020813934

Yesterday, liberal Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer lambasted Democrats for the political failure of both ObamaCare and the stimulus. While he certainly has not changed his core belief that government can solve all the people’s ills (and said as much), he slammed his party for its political failures.

read more

Obama Admin Grubered Americans

By Matthew Clark1416595737305

The lesson we learn from Jonathan Gruber (the MIT professor turned high-paid ObamaCare architect who admitted the Administration deceived the public to pass ObamaCare) is that the Obama Administration will do or say anything to prop up ObamaCare. You know the litany of lies (you can keep you plan,

read more

Running from Jonathan Gruber?

By David French1415986289217

Ian Tuttle has a nice piece up over on the homepage about the Democrats’ many efforts to distance themselves from Jonathan “ stupidity of the American voter ” Gruber. He used to be known as the “architect” of Obamacare and now, according to CBS News , the Democrats are trying to “turn Gruber into a...

read more

How Bad is Obamacare?

By David French1415899280672

As now the third video emerges of “Obamacare architect” Jonathan Gruber ”insulting voters,” it’s important that we remember the context for Obamacare’s lies, spins, evasions, and deliberate obfuscation. Obamacare was so expansive, so unpopular, and so outside the perceived will of the voters, that...

read more