CHEYENNE: The Wyoming Liberty Group (WyLiberty ) today joins 17 public policy research organizations and a bipartisan group of 333 state legislators in a friend-of-the-court (amicus) brief urging the Supreme Court to affirm the ruling that Obamcare’s individual mandate exceeds Congress’s power to regulate interstate commerce.
“The very notion that Congress could force people to purchase any good or service it likes throws the principle of limited government right out the window,” said Benjamin Barr, counsel with WyLiberty. “This brief brings sane limits to Congress’s authority and refutes the idea that regulating inactivity is within its jurisdiction.”
The brief argues against Obamacare’s individual mandate, the requirement that most Americans purchase qualifying health insurance or pay a tax beginning in 2014. Although the other requirements could remain in place if the individual mandate goes down, politically Obamacare would be a dead letter because the individual mandate is considered Obamacare’s keystone.
“We’ve worked to stop Obamacare as it tries to creep into Wyoming through Health Insurance Exchanges while providing real solutions to lower health care costs without tyrannically forcing everyone into a bogus system that masquerades as a market,” said Steve Klein, WyLiberty staff attorney. “We believe this brief will remind the Supreme Court Justices that our founding principles are the very reason for the success of the American experiment and cannot be sacrificed”
Oral argument has been scheduled for March 26, 27, and 28, 2012 and a decision will issue this term.
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For more information, please contact:
Benjamin Barr, counsel, Benjamin.email@example.com
Steve Klein, staff attorney, 307-632-7020