I'm writing to you from Richmond, Virginia where today Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's lawsuit to overturn ObamaCare was heard before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Americans for Prosperity hosted a rally outside the court house supporting Attorney General Cuccinelli's crucial effort.
A year ago, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously responded to a questioner who asked her about the constitutionality of the health care legislation by flippantly saying "Are you serious?" Well today, AFP grassroots activists and Attorney General Cuccinelli made it clear that we are indeed serious about protecting the Constitution.
AFP-VA State Director Trixie Averill speaks to fired-up activists in front of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals today while AFP President Tim Phillips looks on.
Click here for more photos from the rally.
Attorney General Cuccinelli first filed this case against ObamaCare the day President Obama signed it into law. Cuccinelli's health care challenge was upheld in December 2010 when Judge Henry Hudson of Virginia's Eastern District Court ruled that the individual health care mandate was unconstitutional. While today's arguments were paramount to overturning this gross infringement on our health care rights, whichever side loses will undoubtedly appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. Supreme Court will likely decide on the constitutionality of ObamaCare next year.
But no matter what happens on the legal side, as grassroots activists we must continue educating our fellow Americans on just how dangerous and disastrous this legislation is.
These are just a few of the countless harmful effects of ObamaCare:
- Costs trillions of dollars, burdening our government with inescapable debt
- Adds 16,000 new IRS agents who will be administering ObamaCare at the cost of billions
- Constitutionally flawed, forcing individuals to buy health care or be fined
- Over 1,000 unions and big corporations have been given exemptions by Obama's HHS Department while no small businesses or individual Americans are exempted
The fight also continues on Capitol Hill as conservatives are still working to dismantle ObamaCare piece-by-piece. The latest effort is from Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Representative Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) who have introduced identical bills to repeal the ObamaCare maintenance of effort requirement that is handcuffing state lawmakers as they grapple with budget deficits. In the stimulus bill, Obama promised states an easy fix to their budget problems by handing them a big payout for their Medicaid program. The only catch was that the states had to promise not to reduce Medicaid enrollment or reform their programs in any way that Washington didn't sign off on. Some states were so desperate for the cash that they took the deal. Now the money's gone but the "maintenance of effort" mandate is still in place, tying the states into knots. Hatch and Gingrey are working to repeal the mandates. Click here to read AFP's letter of support for their bills.
Rest assured AFP is going to stay on top of this issue as we have been. Today, I spoke to a couple in their 40s from Mechanicsville, Virginia who are caring for their elderly parents. The woman's mother is suffering from chronic heart problems. They told me they live in fear that a public bureaucrat will be deciding if her life merits continued treatment since quality of life is considered in the funding of patient's health care under ObamaCare. Those important health care decisions are between her mother, doctors, and family- not the government.
AFP is committed to ensuring that doesn't happen. We must defeat and overturn ObamaCare.
Americans for Prosperity
P.S. If you would like to thank Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for his efforts to overturn ObamaCare, click here.