Steven F. Hotze, M.D., welcomes the filing of an amicus brief by 20 States in support of his challenge to the constitutionality of ObamaCare under the Origination Clause in Hotze v. Sebelius, No. 14-20039. The 20 States have filed their brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, to reinforce Dr. Hotze’s claim that the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, commonly known as ObamaCare) violates the Origination Clause, Article 1, Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution.
The amicus brief by Texas against ObamaCare was joined by Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, and West Virginia. Their amicus brief urges the federal appellate court to reject the holding by the district court under the Origination Clause, a district court ruling that the States emphasize would render “meaningless” this essential safeguard in the Constitution against new revenue-raising bills.
Article I, Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution requires that all revenue-raising bills originate in the House of Representatives, because that chamber is closest and most accountable to the people. This essential provision of the Constitution ensures maximum political accountability for new revenue-raising measures by Congress. If members of the House of Representatives do not first sponsor and approve a revenue-raising bill, then the Senate is without power to impose the tax on the American people.