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Since the Obama, Pelosi, Reid health care debacle was signed into law this week, at least fourteen states have joined a lawsuit against the overhaul, arguing that the law’s requirement that individuals buy health insurance is unconstitutional. This is a huge step in the continuing fight against the government takeover of health care and the preservation of our individual liberties.
The complaint says that the so-called “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” is an “unprecedented encroachment on the sovereignty of the states” and asks a judge to block its enforcement. The lawsuit goes on, “The Constitution nowhere authorizes the United States to mandate, either directly or under threat of penalty, that all citizens and legal residents have qualifying health care coverage.”
This lawsuit is the latest in the growing fight against the encroachment of government in the states where three dozen legislatures are considering bills aimed at blocking parts of the health care bill, not to mention the groundswell of opposition against those who voted for it.
FreedomWorks has pledged to continue the fight against ObamaCare, in the courts, states, and at the ballot box. Please make plans to join us in Raleigh on April 6 for a rally and press conference where we will urge Roy Cooper, our attorney general, to sign onto the lawsuit, or file his own like neighboring Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli did earlier this week.
The “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” was an enormous overreach of federal power that encroaches on state sovereignty and our freedoms. On Tuesday, with the stroke of a pen, the law of the land will now require every American citizen to either secure federally regulated health insurance or risk having to pay harsh penalties, and even spend time in jail.
This dramatically alters the relationship between the government and individuals. Under the individual mandate, citizens will be forced to purchase insurance simply because they exist. Granting Congress the authority to mandate the purchase of a product not only abandons all of the limitations placed upon federal power, it is unconstitutional.
While the outcome of Sunday’s vote was extremely disappointing, the fight is far from over. We need to urge our officials to stand up for us and our state. Come to Raleigh April 6 for our rally and press conference to ask Attorney General Roy Cooper to stand up for North Carolina and join the lawsuit against unconstitutional individual mandates. More details will follow.
In the meantime, check out the other ways that FreedomWorks is making our full court press against ObamaCare. Specifically, we need your help to have a significant impact on the 2010 elections. As a FreedomWorks member, you can visit our PAC site here and see how you can get actively involved.
See you in Raleigh!
North Carolina State Director