DC Appeals Court Deals Blow to Obamacare

 

Halbig Decision Prevents Illegal Taxes and Subsidies

 

ATLANTA, GA –Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, issued the following statement following the DC Court of Appeals’ ruling that found the Obama administration acted unlawfully when it extended subsidies to individuals who were not eligible under the language of the law:

“The District of Columbia Court of Appeals struck a blow for the rule of law by making clear that the Obama administration acted unlawfully when it unilaterally decided to extend subsidies to people who were not eligible to receive them under the plain text of the law as enacted.

It’s critical to understand the purpose of the challenge: Halbig and her co-plaintiffs sued to prevent an illegal tax from being collected. In order to prevent the illegal tax from being collected, the illegal subsidies had to end. By ruling that the subsidies are illegal, the Court is simultaneously ruling that the taxes are illegal.

The structure of the law makes clear that where no subsidies can be granted, no individual or employer mandate taxes can be collected; that means that by invalidating the illegal subsidies in the 36 states that chose not to establish their own exchanges, the Court has also invalidated the individual mandate and employer mandate taxes that apply to citizens who choose not to purchase their insurance off the exchanges and to employers in firms with 50 employees or more who are now forced illegally to live under the law’s employer mandate regime.

By one estimate, that means 57 million Americans have now been freed from Obamacare’s onerous burdens. This is good news, indeed.

From health care to immigration, President Obama has been operating under the imperial notion that he can simply decree what the law will say. This court ruling says ‘No more.’ The President has told us time and again that Obamacare is the law of the land, and it’s time for his Administration to start abiding by the rule of law.”

Tea Party Patriots is a national grassroots coalition with more than 3,400 locally organized chapters and more than 15 million supporters nationwide. Tea Party Patriots is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing personal freedom, economic freedom, and a debt-free future. Visit Tea Party Patriots online at www.TeaPartyPatriots.org.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Jenny Beth Martin, please contact Mike Rudin at mrudin@sbpublicaffairs.com
or (703) 739-5920.

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