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Obamacare's violation of the Origination Clause should not go unredressed

December 29, 2015 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

Today, we filed the final paperwork asking the Supreme Court to take our lawsuit on behalf of Matt Sissel, which argues that the Individual Mandate “tax” is unconstitutional because it originated in the Senate, instead of the House of Representatives, as the Constitution commands. We filed our original petition in October, and after a m ...

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PLF to participate with members of Congress at press conference on Sissel v. HHS Obamacare challenge

December 01, 2015 | By SHAUNEEN WERLINGER

Todd Gaziano, Executive Director of PLF’s DC Center, will join Rep. Trent Franks, Rep. Louie Gohmert, and Rep. Rob Bishop at a press conference tomorrow at 3:15pm EST in room H-137 of the U.S. Capitol. The press conference will announce the filing of an amicus brief by the Congressmen and 43 of their colleagues that urges the … ...

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Senators, Congressmen, States and others urge Supreme Court to take PLF Obamacare lawsuit

November 30, 2015 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

During the Thanksgiving holiday, several prominent members of Congress, ten state governments, as well as several national civil rights groups filed amicus curiae briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court urging the justices to hear our lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare. You’ll recall that our case argues that if the Individual ...

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Matt Sissel explains "why I'm taking a stand against Obamacare"

November 04, 2015 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

PLF client Matt Sissel explains in today’s Washington Times why he’s continuing to challenge the constitutionality of Obamacare. Excerpt: I’m simply an average man taking a stand. I’m a self-employed artist and small-business owner, living in Washington state. I have no political involvement or ambitions. I am also a real ...

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Myths about Obamacare litigation : Why the ACA is not "here to stay"

October 29, 2015 | By TODD GAZIANO

As Timothy Sandefur announced this week on Liberty Blog, PLF has filed a long-anticipated petition for certiorari on behalf of Matt Sissel asking the Supreme Court to decide his Origination Clause challenge to Obamacare. Tim’s blog post is the most recent of many that explain why Obamacare’s taxes are unconstitutional, but we’ve a ...

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PLF asks Supreme Court to review Origination Clause challenge to Obamacare

October 26, 2015 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

This morning, we filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of PLF client Matt Sissel asking the justices to review our challenge to the constitutionality of Obamacare. We argue that if, as the Court said three years ago, the law imposes a “tax on going without health insurance,” that tax is unconstitutional, … ...

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Frequently asked questions about our Obamacare challenge

October 23, 2015 | By SHAUNEEN WERLINGER

As readers of this blog are aware, PLF is preparing to file a cert. petition on Monday asking the Supreme Court to hear our challenge to Obamacare, Sissel v. U.S. Dep’t of Health & Human Servs., et al.  Here are some FAQs about the case: Who is Matthew Sissel? Matthew Sissel is an artist, entrepreneur, … ...

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Obamacare : The Origination Clause issue isn’t a conservative-liberal thing

August 07, 2015 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

Obamacare remains a partisan issue. Although most Americans have never supported it, and still don’t, supporters and opponents line up along predictable conservative/liberal lines. But the constitutional issues involved in Obamacare, not so much. Liberals have as much at stake in the Origination Clause question as conservatives do. … ...

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Obamacare and the Origination Clause : What’s a bill “for”?

August 07, 2015 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

Four D.C. Circuit Court Judges, led by Judge Brett Kavanaugh, dissented from their colleagues’ decision not to reconsider their ruling against our Origination Clause challenge to Obamacare. Here’s a quick summation. The Origination Clause says, “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the ...