November 13, 2013
Congressman Walter B. Jones Press Office
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) has joined 39 of his colleagues in filing an amicus curiae brief with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in Sissel v. HHS, a case which challenges the legality of Obamacare on the basis that it violates the Origination Clause of the Constitution. While the Origination Clause states that “[a]ll bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives,” Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty – ruled a tax by the Supreme Court in 2012 – originated in the Senate. Thus, the brief argues that the healthcare law should be ruled unconstitutional.
“Even worse than the canceled insurance plans and skyrocketing premiums resulting from Obamacare is the fact that individuals are suffering these ill effects from a law that runs directly contrary to our Constitution,” said Congressman Jones. “It is my hope that the Court of Appeals will recognize the law’s blatant violation of the Origination Clause and rule accordingly.”
Sissel v. HHS was decided in June 2013 by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in a ruling – made by an Obama-appointed judge – that upheld the constitutionality of the president’s healthcare law. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the case this fall. Regardless of the outcome, the losing party will likely appeal to the Supreme Court.
For additional information, please contact Sarah Howard in Congressman Jones’ office at (202) 225-3415.