Oral arguments in my lawsuit opposing Obamacare, Hotze v. Burwell (originally filed as Hotze v. Sebelius) will be held at the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, next Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014. Andrew Schlafly, Esquire will be presenting the arguments for my case.
My lawsuit seeks to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known commonly as Obamacare. My lawsuit asserts two Constitutional objections that were not raised in the initial legal challenge to Obamacare, National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, in which the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare on June 28, 2012.
The two constitutional challenges presented in my lawsuit are: (1) Obamacare violates the Origination Clause in the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 7, that requires revenue-raising bills to begin in the U.S. House. The original bill began as a tax credit bill for veterans —not a revenue-raising bill. The Senate amended the bill by changing the name and inserting the language of the ACA into it. (2) Obamacare violates the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by compelling employers to pay private insurance companies for health coverage. This is known as the employer mandate.
Obamacare means higher insurance premiums, higher taxes and the intrusion of federal bureaucrats into the doctor-patient relationship. It is imperative that this unwarranted federal overreach be reversed. That is why I have chosen to file this lawsuit.
The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is the most conservative appellate court in the country. I am sanguine about the opportunity that we have to successfully challenge Obamacare in the Fifth Circuit Court.
“For I the Lord love justice; I hate robbery and wrong; I will faithfully give them their recompense…” (Isaiah 61:8a).
I will send you an update after the hearing next week.
Thank you for your support.
With much appreciation for your friendship, I remain, as always,
Sincerely yours for Constitutional liberty,
Steven F. Hotze, M.D.