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FreedomWorks Takes ObamaCare to Court

Yesterday, FreedomWorks filed a legal brief at the U.S. Supreme Court in the historic ObamaCare lawsuit.

Video transcript:

Hi, I’m Dean Clancy, here in Washington with several of my FreedomWorks friends, where we’ve just taken the fight for patient-centered health care all the way to the Supreme Court. A few minutes ago, we filed this legal brief in the historic ObamaCare lawsuit. 

The purpose of our legal brief is to provide helpful information to the nine Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court as they try to decide the key question in this case: Does Congress have the power to make us all purchase government-controlled health insurance? We at FreedomWorks emphatically say: No!

Unlike the powerful Democrats who pushed this unpopular ObamaCare bill into law two years ago, we strongly believe that the health care mandate is a clear and unprecedented violation of the Founding Fathers’ intent, and an intolerable infringement of our liberties. 

More than half the states in the Union have joined in this historic lawsuit, which revisits that fundamental constitutional issue. For the first time in generations, the Court has a chance to draw clear limits around federal power. At stake is nothing less than the future of American freedom. 

After all, if Congress can make us all buy health insurance for our own good, why can’t they also make us eat broccoli and run three miles a day on a treadmill? Where does it end? 

Now, a number of other citizen-groups are also expected to file briefs in this case; but ours will be the only one that explains exactly how the health care mandate violates the Constitution. That’s because we provide the Court with new, actuarially credible evidence that the health care law will destroy affordable insurance options. 

Our partner in this filing is the HSA Coalition, the nation’s leading advocate for affordable, patient-friendly insurance options called Health Savings Accounts. More than 11 million Americans have purchased HSAs since the option was first permitted eight years ago. 

In our legal brief, we cite a new study, being released today, which shows the terrible impact the health care law will have on the health care marketplace. The study shows that, mathematically speaking, HSA and other affordable, patient-friendly health care options are doomed under ObamaCare. That’ll make health insurance simply unaffordable for millions of families.

Even if the Court should somehow find that Congress has the power to make us all buy a private product, we argue it should still strike the law down as an unduly burdensome exercise of that power. Just because they can, doesn’t mean they should.

Polls show a staggering two-thirds of Americans support the repeal of the health care mandate. Like the so-called “Intolerable Acts” of King George the Third that provoked the Boston Tea Party, President Obama’s intolerable health care mandate has to be overturned or repealed because it unduly burdens individual liberty. 

However the Court decides, we at FreedomWorks and our 1.5 million grassroots activists across the country will keep fighting in the courts, in Congress, and at the ballot box to make this the Last Year of ObamaCare.

Remember, government goes to those who show up. Join the fight to end ObamaCare at

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The Court plans to hear oral arguments in this historic case, HHS v. Florida, in late March, and is widely expected to announce its decision in late June. 

Yesterday’s filing officially launches our new project, the Constitution Defense Fund, which will work to preserve and promote constitutionally limited government and our civil liberties. 

Dean Clancy is FreedomWorks’ Legislative Counsel and Vice President, Health Care Policy 

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