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December 29, 2015

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

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 ...

December 01, 2015

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

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 ...

November 30, 2015

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

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 Mandat ...

October 23, 2015

Frequently asked questions about our Obamacare challenge

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, ...

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. ...

September 30, 2015

Recording of 10th Circuit argument in Utah prairie dog case

The Endangered Species & Wetlands Report has obtained the recording of the Monday’s oral argument in the Utah prairie dog case. As you’ll recall, this is the constitutional challenge to the federal government’s authority to regulate any activity that affects any living thing under the Commerce Clause. As we argue, the Commerce ...

August 07, 2015

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

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. ...

August 07, 2015

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

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 Senate may propos ...

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 15, 2014

Is PLF’s Obamacare challenge headed to the High Court?

"Developments in the last ten days make it more likely that the entire U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will agree to hear the leading challenge by the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) to the Obamacare individual-mandate penalty — and whoever does not prevail at this level will have a compelling case to take ...

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