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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 04, 2015

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

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 realist. The Sup ...

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, ...

July 05, 2013

PLF and client Matt Sissel file appeal of adverse ruling in Obamacare case

Today, we filed an appeal of the D.C. District Court’s decision last Friday to dismiss our challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Readers may recall that our client, Matt Sissel, challenges the Act’s provision imposing an individual mandate and tax-penalty based on last year’s Supreme Court ruling in the healthcare case. There, th ...

June 05, 2013

PLF files brief challenging Obamacare’s unconstitutional “Platonic Guardians”

Readers of the Liberty Blog will recall when Prof. Timothy Jost—perhaps the most prominent defender of Obamacare in the legal academy—acknowledged that among its other provisions, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act creates a board of "Platonic Guardians" for medicine. That board is called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IP ...

June 02, 2013

"So It's A Tax, Now What?"

The latest issue of The Texas Review of Law & Politics has appeared. It includes my article, “So It’s A Tax, Now What? Some of The Problems Remaining After NFIB v. Sebelius,” in which I make the argument that if the Individual Mandate penalty of Obamacare is interpreted as a tax, as the Supreme Court ...

April 29, 2013

The American Spectator: is Matt Sissel Obamacare's Horatius at the bridge?

The American Spectator has an article today about our lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare on behalf of Matt Sissel. As author David Catron notes, Obamacare, "a law filled with a myriad of new taxes — contains not a single word written in the only legislative body permitted by the Constitution to pass bills for ...

March 23, 2012

"Sympathetic clients" in the Obamacare cases

Prof. Kevin Walsh thinks opponents of the Individual Mandate should have found a sympathetic client. How about PLF client Matt Sissel? A decorated Iraq War veteran (a Medic, incidentally) as well as an entrepreneur and a talented artist, Matt started a business to sell portraits and other artwork. He doesn’t buy health insurance because it ...

July 08, 2011

Obamacare versus the Constitution

Author:  Paul J. Beard II My essay, entitled "ObamaCare v. the Constitution," appears in the current issue of The Objective Standard, an excellent quarterly journal of culture and politics.  Written with the layperson in mind, the essay describes the primary legal defects with Obamacare in the context o ...