Believe it or Not: Yet ANOTHER Legal Challenge to Obamacare
Either these assholes have absolutely nothing else to do, and/or their mission in life is to pull the rug out from under eight million Americans who have health insurance for the first time in their lives.
This time, the lawsuit isn't about the individual mandate or the Constitutional right of insurance companies to cancel your coverage while you're in the hospital, etc. This lawsuit is based on some sort of technicality about a Senate procedure during the passage of the Affordable Care Act. It was raining and Ted Cruz was blowing somebody in a red shirt, or something.
The lawsuit is being waged by the Pacific Legal Foundation. The linked article doesn't mention it, but the Pacific Legal Foundation is one of the Koch Brothers' front groups; one of hundreds. When I lived in northern California (I hadn't even heard of the Koch Brothers back then), it seemed like every time there was a clash between a jillionaire developer and a local environmental/wildlife ordinance, the same shadowy group called the Pacific Legal Foundation would crawl out from under its rock and provide free legal counsel to the developer. Food stamps for billionaires. Goliath hitting David with a slingshot.
This lawsuit du jour is based on the Constitution's Origination Clause:
“All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.”
The Pacific Legal Foundation argues that since the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare as a “permissible use of Congress' taxing power,” the Affordable Care Act therefore IS a bill for raising revenue. And that's the crux of this lawsuit.
The Obama Administration's response to the suit was: “The Supreme Court has never invalidated an Act of Congress on the basis of the Origination Clause, and this suit presents no reason to break new ground.”