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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 ...

June 22, 2012

President's Weekly Roundup

Happy Friday! Here are this week’s legal highlights: Individual Rights – Free Speech We had a major Supreme Court amicus victory this week in Knox v. S.E.I.U.  In a 7-2 knockout, the Court ruled that S.E.I.U.'s mid-year supplemental assessment of fees to be used exclusively for political purposes was unconstitutional.  Each year, nonmembe ...

January 26, 2012

Reason.tv on three Supreme Court cases to watch

Reason.tv focuses on three of this term’s big Supreme Court cases, including the Obamacare lawsuits and Sackett v. EPA. ...

January 16, 2012

Obamacare: the power to spend must have limits

Today, Pacific Legal Foundation, along with the Claremont Institute and the Cato Institute, filed this brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in the Obamacare lawsuits. The brief focuses on the federal government's power to give states money in exchange for them agreeing to do what the federal government wants them to do. In this case, ...

February 01, 2011

The Federalist Society or The American Constitution Society: Which organization is more partisan?

Author: Brandon Middleton Conservatives and libertarians are fortunate to have The Federalist Society as a source for scholarly discourse and robust public policy debate.  This is from its purpose statement: The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of ...

January 25, 2011

Did the Founders support a national health care mandate?

Author: Joshua Thompson While I was looking through my Facebook account last night, I stumbled upon a post from a law school friend of mine that suggested that the Founders supported a health care mandate.  His post revolved around a law passed (and signed by President John Adams) in 1798, titled, "An Act for the ...

November 17, 2010

New article dismantles government's Obamacare taxing power argument

Author: Daniel Himebaugh In 2009, before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (colloquially, "Obamacare") became law, President Obama was asked whether a monetary penalty assessed against people who do not buy government-approved health insurance is a "tax."  The president, perhaps recalling his campaign pl ...

September 30, 2010

Leave no doubt about where you stand!

Pacific Legal Foundation is pleased to announce its new "NO to Government Mandated Health Care" bumper stickers and t-shirts! PLF is currently litigating against the national health care mandate on behalf of Matt Sissel, a former Iraq war medic and now a small businessman in Iowa City, Iowa.  Show your support for Matt and for ...

September 16, 2010

Video: State attorneys optimistic after health care hearing

Author: Daniel Himebaugh Fox News' On the Record has posted this video, in which attorneys representing Utah, Florida, Alabama, and Louisiana discuss their impressions of Tuesday's hearing on the motion to dismiss the states' suit against the new federal health care law. PLF is representing Matt Sissel, an Iowa City business owner, in a ...

August 02, 2010

Virginia's health care lawsuit moves forward

Author: Daniel Himebaugh A federal district court denied the federal government's motion to dismiss the State of Virginia's lawsuit challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act today, citing the need to resolve the "complex constitutional issues" that the case presents. On the issue of jurisdiction, the court found t ...