From Judicial Watch:
JW Takes Two Key Actions in the Battle against Obamacare on Eve of Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Judicial Watch took two significant actions this week on Obamacare, just days before the United States Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a consolidated Obamacare lawsuit.
First, there is the matter of Justice Kagan and any role she may have had in crafting Obamacare's legal defense when she served as Obama's Solicitor General.
The evidence uncovered by Judicial Watch seems to contradict the Obama administration's claim that Justice Kagan was "walled off" from these discussions. On the basis of our discoveries, many have called on Justice Kagan to recuse herself from hearing the lawsuit.
On Thursday, I sent a letter on behalf of Judicial Watch directly to Justice Kagan. The letter respectfully asks that she disclose the facts and legal analysis surrounding any recusal decision she has made on Obamacare so that the American people can have absolute confidence in the fair administration of justice in this historic Supreme Court litigation.
The following are key excerpts from the Judicial Watch letter, which you can read in full here:
Second, on Thursday we hosted an educational panel/press event at Judicial Watch's headquarters, entitled, "Obamacare Update: In the Courts and In Practice." This panel contemplated the major legal and logistical problems with Obamacare, specifically the so-called "individual mandate," which would require American citizens to buy healthcare insurance or pay a fine. Not to overstate it, but the panel was great.
Our event included top experts on the issue, including former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum; Betsy McCaughey, President of Defend Your Healthcare, former Lieutenant Governor of New York; and Lee A. Casey, Partner at Baker Hostetler. (Unfortunately, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, who was scheduled for the panel, could not attend because his plane was waylaid by fog.) These three individuals are leaders in the push to put Obamacare back on its heels.
Here's a squib from my opening remarks. (You can watch the panel in full here.)
Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of the imposition of Obamacare on the American people. And next week we will hear historic constitutional challenges to Obamacare, otherwise known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Obamacare is an unprecedented government power grab and is a fundamental threat to our nation's constitutional order. The challenges being next week by the High Court seek to vindicate federalism, individual liberty, and limited, constitutional government.
Many Americans (including, thankfully, some federal court judges) simply reject the notion that the federal government can, for example, force Americans to buy health insurance. As U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson, who ruled against the individual mandate, wrote:
It is difficult to imagine that a nation which began, at least in part, as the result of opposition to a British mandate giving the East India Company a monopoly and imposing a nominal tax on all tea sold in America would have set out to create a government with the power to force people to buy tea in the first place. If Congress can penalize a passive individual for failing to engage in commerce, the enumeration of powers in the Constitution would have been in vain for it would be "difficult to perceive any limitation on federal power" [Lopez, supra, 514 U.S. at 564], and we would have a Constitution in name only. Surely this is not what the Founding Fathers could have intended.
"A Constitution in name only." Well the Founding Fathers didn't intend that, but "a Constitution in name only" is but one of the awful possible outcomes if the Obamacare constitutional court challenges don't succeed.
But in the meantime the crisis is ongoing: from the corruption of Obamacare's passing -- remember the Cornhusker Kickback -- to the controversy of its implementation, which has seen a vicious attack on the church, waivers to Obama campaign supporters, and taxpayer-funded propaganda (starring Andy Griffith). And don't even get me started on its $2 trillion in costs and regulatory webs beyond comprehension.
I realize I've dedicated quite a bit of space to Obamacare this week. This upcoming decision by the Supreme Court can either reaffirm limited, constitutional government or completely untether federal power from any practical limits on its authority to regulate America. It's that important. The briefs are in, including our amicus brief, and the arguments will be heard. Let's pray that a majority of the justices are blessed with the wisdom, discernment, and courage to rule in a way that protects our republican form of government.
Today marks Obamacare's second birthday. Whatever the High Court decides, let's work to make sure that Obamacare doesn't see a third.