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October 12, 2015

The gavel is down: the High Court is in session

As is its tradition, the Supreme Court began its new Term on the first Monday in October. In the weeks leading up to that day, many organizations host "preview" events (especially in Washington, DC) with leading Supreme Court advocates and other legal experts to discuss the most important cases the Court has agreed to hear. ...

March 17, 2015

A government of laws, and not of Obama

An unusual argument has arisen as a way to save Obamacare. Today, a New York Times op-ed written by law professor William Baude suggests that the Obama administration could just ignore the Supreme Court if it decides in King v. Burwell that subsidies don’t apply to insurance coverage from federal exchanges. ...

November 13, 2014

When Obamacare fails, the Executive can't blame states

As readers well know, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes all sorts of new restrictions on the types of health insurance policies that can be bought and sold.  Naturally, this means that a lot of people who liked their health insurance plans can’t keep their health insurance plans—no matter what politicians promise.  The ACA has ...

November 11, 2014

Obamacare's defenders resort to low blows

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty once said, “it means just what I choose it to mean–neither more nor less.” Congress lacks that luxury because the judiciary judges the meaning of its words. However, in a venomous New York Times article, Paul Krugman says that judges who try to rely on the plain language of Ob ...

October 09, 2014

D.C. Circuit orders Feds to respond to Obamacare rehearing petition

On Monday, we filed a petition for rehearing en banc in Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health & Services, asking the entire D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear our challenge to the Affordable Care Act.  Today, “upon consideration of the petition for rehearing en banc,” the Court on its own motion ordered the Federal Government to ...

June 13, 2014

Orlando Sentinel publishes PLF Atlantic Center op-ed on Origination Clause challenges to Obamacare

The Orlando Sentinel published Pacific Legal Foundation‘s  op-ed today (subscription required, but free sign-up is available for limited views) on Sissel v. HHS and Hotze v. Sebelius, two of the pending challenges to the federal Affordable Care Act, a/k/a Obamacare.  Both challenges contend that Congress failed to obey the Origination Cl ...

May 09, 2014

President's weekly report — May 9, 2014

Obama care — Oral Argument The D.C. Circuit court of appeals heard oral argument on May 9 in Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, our Origination Clause challenge to the individual mandate tax contained in the so-called Affordable Care Act.  The questioning from the panel of three judges was vigorous and we ...

December 20, 2013

PLF files final brief in Sissel's challenge to Obamacare

Today, PLF attorneys filed Matt Sissel’s final brief in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals litigation challenging Obamacare.  Sissel’s reply responds to the Government’s opposition brief, filed on December 9. Now, we await an oral argument date, which we expect to be set in the coming months.  Stay tuned! ...

November 04, 2013

Another broken Obamacare promise

In the latest episode of the Obamacare saga, hundreds of thousands of insured individuals have begun receiving cancellation letters—which inform recipients that they will not be able to keep their health insurance policy.  These letters fly in the face of the promises President Obama made just a few years ago, when he famously insisted that ...

September 13, 2013

Forbes covers PLF challenge to Obamacare

“This ain’t over yet.”  So reports Chris Conover, contributor at Forbes.com, about the various legal challenges to the so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—i.e., Obamacare. And he’s right. Conover discusses several of the “gravest” lawsuits currently pending against Obamacare.  First among ...