WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which is actively challenging ObamaCare, said today's decision by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals declaring the individual mandate of ObamaCare unconstitutional represents a "critical step forward in undoing ObamaCare."
"The appeals court got it right and the decision represents a critical step forward in undoing ObamaCare," said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ, which is involved in litigation challenging ObamaCare. "The individual mandate, which forces Americans to purchase health insurance, exceeds the authority of the Commerce Clause. We're delighted that the appeals court recognized that fact. While the appeals court did not declare the entire law unconstitutional, by striking the individual mandate, the entire law is clearly in jeopardy. We remain hopeful that the Supreme Court will ultimately declare the entire health care law unconstitutional."
The ACLJ filed an amicus brief backing Florida's position in the 11th circuit case representing 74 members of Congress and more than 70,000 Americans. That brief is posted here.
The ACLJ is preparing for oral arguments in its own federal court challenge of ObamaCare. The ACLJ will present arguments to a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. September 23rd urging the court to reinstate its lawsuit challenging the individual mandate. In our latest court filing, posted here, the ACLJ contends that the individual mandate violates the Commerce Clause, an argument "grounded in the Constitution."
Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the ACLJ is based in Washington, D.C. and is online at www.aclj.org.
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