Wednesday, March 31, 2010

AAPS v. Sebelius

At Fox News, "Medical Society Files Lawsuit to Block Health Care Overhaul":

First, do no harm. Second, sue the government.

With the president's ink barely dry on the health care overhaul's final fixes, a group of nearly 5,000 American physicians is filing suit to stop the mammoth new law dead in its tracks.

"I think this bill that passed threatens not only to destroy our freedom in medicine but to bankrupt the country," said Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

The Arizona-based medical coalition filed suit on March 26, arguing that congressional reforms illegally coerce individuals into buying insurance from private companies.

Starting in 2014, anyone who chooses not to buy health insurance faces a small federal penalty, but in 2016 the fine jumps to $695 a year per person or 2.5 percent of overall income, whichever is greater. That means that anyone earning more than $27,800 would be subject to increasing penalties, with a maximum fine of $2,085 per family.

Supporters of the law call it a simple tax meant to shore up coverage nationwide; but the AAPS says the mandate is an "unprecedented overreach" — an unconstitutional grab that rewards insurance companies and allows the federal government to seize private property in violation of the 5th Amendment.
See also, MAINFO, "Physicians Sue to Stop Obamacare."

Bottom Line Up Front, "Sebelius-Obamacare Will Raise Taxes on Small Businesses Making Over $200K."

GOP Wary of Health Law Repeal Push in Fall Races" (via Memeorandum).


Opus #6 said...

Thanks for the link! Great to see you.