The American Civil Rights Union Files Amicus Brief to Strike Down Obamacare
The American Civil Rights Union filed an amicus curiae brief on November 19 in the Federal District Court in the Northern District of Florida in the case of State of Florida, et al. v. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services supporting 20 states who have joined in that lawsuit seeking to strike down Obamacare as unconstitutional. The brief argued that the delegated, enumerated power in the Commerce Clause to regulate interstate commerce does not include compelling participation in interstate commerce by requiring purchase of government designated products and services by those who otherwise choose not to do so. The brief also uniquely argued that there were other, constitutional means that Congress could have used to ensure health coverage for the uninsured. The Heartland Institute recently published a book length study by ACRU General Counsel Peter Ferrara, who authored the brief, entitled The Obamacare Disaster: An Appraisal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.