As we have explained on AHEC’s website previously, the IRS is attempting to impose a series of tax hikes on the American people in violation of the Constitution. The Constitution gives Congress the power to impose taxes. When Congress wrote ObamaCare, it included a tax against employers that have employees who receive ObamaCare’s insurance exchange subsidies dispensed by a state exchange. The law, however, does not impose this tax if states refuse to set up an exchange and an employee gets the subsidy from a federal exchange. Enter the IRS. The IRS is illegally attempting to extend the tax on employers to federal excahnge activity.
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Grace-Marie Turner has written an excellent article at The New York Times that should serve as a reminder that even if the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate, there are still many reasons to oppose the remainder of ObamaCare. Ms. Turner’s top 10 reasons to still oppose ObamaCare include:
1. Employer Mandate.
2. Conscience Mandate.
3. New and Higher Taxes.
4. The Independent Payment Advisory Board.
5. State Exchanges.
6. Medicare Payment Cuts.
7. Higher Health Costs.
8. Government Control over Doctor Decisions.
9. Huge Deficits.
10. More than 150 New Boards, Agencies and Programs.
Ms. Turner explains each of these issues in more detail and you read her full article here.
Dr. Jill Vecchio, a Colorado physician, has produced a seven-part video series about the impact of ObamaCare. The videos include the following subjects: (Part 1) who will be covered; (Parts 2 and 3) what are the costs; (Part 4) state exchanges and employers; (Part 5) doctors and patients; (Part 6) Constitutional issues; and (Part 7) ideas for real healthcare reform. The videos are certainly worth watching and we hope you will take the time to learn more about how ObamaCare will affect you and your family:
Democratic U.S. Representative Kathy Hochul (NY-26) admitted to her constituents that the Obama Administration was “not looking at” the Constitution when it created the contraception mandate.
In a wonderfully written piece, Dr. Charles Krauthammer explains how ObamaCare is fundamentally at odds with the United States Constitution. Here is an excerpt from his article:
First, its assault on the free exercise of religion. Only churches themselves are left alone. Beyond the churchyard gate, religious autonomy disappears. Every other religious institution must bow to the state because, by this administration’s regulatory definition, church schools, hospitals and charities are not “religious,” and thus have no right to the free exercise of religion — no protection from being forced into doctrinal violations commanded by the state.Second, its assault on free enterprise. To solve his own political problem, the president presumes to order a private company to enter into a contract for the provision of certain services — all of which are free. And yet, this breathtaking arrogation of power is simply the logical extension of Washington’s takeover of the private system of medical care — a system Obama farcically pretends to be maintaining.Under ObamaCare, the state treats private insurers the way it does government-regulated monopolies and utilities. It determines everything of importance. Insurers, by definition, set premiums according to risk. Not anymore. The risk ratios (for age, gender, smoking, etc.) are decreed by Washington. This is nationalization in all but name. The insurer is turned into a middleman, subject to state control — and presidential whim.Third, the assault on individual autonomy. Every citizen without insurance is ordered to buy it, again under penalty of law. This so-called individual mandate is now before the Supreme Court — because never before has the already inflated Commerce Clause been used to compel a citizen to enter into a private contract with a private company by mere fact of his existence.This constitutional trifecta — the state invading the autonomy of religious institutions, private companies and the individual citizen — should not surprise. It is what happens when the state takes over one-sixth of the economy.
FreedomWorks has filed an amicus brief in the mulit-state lawsuit challenging ObamaCare. You can read the full brief here.
Ilya Shapiro, of the CATO Institute, has a fantastic article published at The Daily Caller about President Obama’s Top 10 Constitutional violations. On that list, are four instances related to Obamacare, including:
- The Individual Mandate
- ObamaCare’s Medicaid Coercion
- ObamaCare’s IPAB – Independent Payment Advisory Board
- Waivers issues by HHS
Read Shapiro’s full article here.