The non Affordable Care Act has everybody around the country up in arms. The White House, Democrats and Republicans are not though. Everybody around the country is hoping Republicans can successfully, at least, put off the ACA for a year.
Republicans though, pretend to fight against this disaster, but underneath, it would appear, from the beginning, they were, and are now, more than willing to go along with this career killer. The low approval rating of this Congress is justified, based on a simple reality. This Congress does not understand, or it completely ignores the law, the constitution and their powers.
There’s another lawsuit challenging the ACA, based on the letter of the law as it pertains to the House of Representatives. The lawsuit, Sissel vs. US Dept. of Health and Human Services is crystal clear, precise and yet, hardly anybody is talking about it, in particular Republicans.
Article 1, Section 7 of the United States Constitution, commonly known as the Origination Clause, expresses this in plain language, ‘All Bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.’
The individual mandate in the ACA represents raising revenue. The House of Representatives, Republican dominated, should know this. The first challenge, did not include this argument, but rather the law was unconstitutional based on the Commerce Clause. Have the country finally elected a group of lawmakers who clearly do not understand their duties, responsibilities and power?
Here’s a thought, the original, ‘Affordable Health Care for America Act, was drafted by the House of Representatives in 2009, at the demand of the president. The Senate, a month later, completely ignored the House’s draft, drafted and passed the ACA, which is completely different than what the House, supposedly drafted.
The House took up the Senate’s bill, ignored their bill, and pretended to amend the Senate’s bill. That was perhaps, a pipe dream, or a smoke screen. In any case, that scenario fell through the cracks of the Halls of Congress.
This new challenge has already been dismissed by one court and is now facing another court’s consideration. If that fails, the Supreme Court, if they want to right a wrong, will get another chance at the unconstitutional individual mandate.