EMORD FILES CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE TO HEALTH CARE REFORM LAW IN THE U.S. DISTRICT COURT IN OHIO
May 12, 2010
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Akron, Ohio—Attorneys for the United States Citizens Association (USCA) and five individual plaintiffs (Nathan R. Glick; Christopher Barr; Shane K. Ellison; James Grapek; and Eileen Dannemann) filed suit today challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Pub. L. No. 111-
The United States Citizens Association of Akron, Ohio seeks to promote conservative values and, in particular, to protect individual rights against government programs that violate them.
“Never before in our nation’s history has the government of the United States compelled Americans to buy a particular product, such as health insurance,” said lead counsel Jonathan W. Emord. “There is no constitutional power for the federal government to compel such a purchase; indeed, each of us has a fundamental right not only to refuse medical treatment but to refuse to pay for unwanted treatment,” he said.
“If the federal government prevails,” said Emord, “then there is no limit to what it may compel Americans to purchase with their after tax dollars, thus limiting to an ever greater extent freedom of choice.” “If the government can force you to buy a health insurance plan,” he said, “what is to stop it from forcing you to buy an electric car, solar heating, or recyclable products—all of which could equally be defined as indispensable by a political decisionmaker.”
A copy of the complaint is available on the U.S. Citizens Association web site at www.uscitizensassociation.com.