Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Obamacare Ruled Unconstitutional

District Court in Florida ruled that Obamacare’s individual mandate is unconstitutional. This ruling agrees with a recent ruling from the District Court in Virginia, but the Florida court went further by ruling that the individual mandate can’t be separated from the rest of Obamacare. So, the Florida Court ruled that the entire law was unconstitutional.This conclusion should have been obvious since the Obama administration, its attorneys, and Obamacare’s proponents in Congress have ALL argued that the individual mandate is “integral” to the entire law. 
I was actually pretty disappointed with the Virginia Court when it found the individual mandate unconstitutional, but then found that it could sever the individual mandate from the rest of the bill.Now at least one Federal court has corrected that mistake.
I’m also disappointed that both Courts explicitly stated that Congress has the power to regulate health care and insurance. My immediate reaction was that both judges must be reading some other Constitution. The Constitution I have does not list “regulation of health care” within the enumerated powers granted to Congress. Then I remember, they’re following Wickard v. Filburn.
You see, District Courts work under the assumption that they must follow existing precedent from higher courts and rarely even consult the Constitution. Both the Virginia and Florida Courts were simply applying Wickard v. Filburn when they re-affirmed Congress’ general authority to regulate healthcare. This is why our Obamacare Class Action lawsuit must go all the way to the Supreme Court to get Wickard v. Filburn overturned.
Our Obamacare Class Action lawsuit is STILL unique because it is the only lawsuit against Obamacare that begins and ends with one argument: the commerce clause does not grant unlimited power to Congress, therefore Wickard v. Filburn must be overturned. I may sound like a broken record, but this message needs to be repeated until everyone in America understands it. For the first 150 years after the Constitution was ratified, all courts agreed that the Commerce Clause gave Congress only the authority to prevent individual states from implementing burdensome regulations on interstate commerce. Then the FDR-packed Supreme Court destroyed our Constitutional Republic by re-interpreting the commerce clause, eliminating all limits on Congressional authority.
The goal of all of the State-filed lawsuits is to get rid of Obamacare any way they can. That is an admirable goal, but it falls short of the more important goal. Liberty Legal Foundation’s goal is NOT simply to overturn Obamacare. Our goal is to restore Constitutional limits on Congressional authority so that when the political winds shift again, Congress can’t repeat a similar massive power grab.
Obamacare is simply the latest and worst example of Congressional abuse of authority. So, it became our tool to overturn Wickard v. Filburn. For 150 years the courts got the Commerce Clause right. For the past 68 years they got it wrong based solely on the political motivations of a handful of judges. There is more historical precedent supporting our arguments than supporting Wickard. This is a fight we can win!And success means Obamacare will be overturned AND our Constitutional Republic will be restored.
Please continue to tell everyone you know about the Obamacare Class Action and Liberty Legal Foundation and stay tuned for important updates coming soon.
In Liberty,
Van Irion
President, Lead Counsel, Co-Founder
Liberty Legal Foundation

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