The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons has become the first medical society to sue to overturn the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The suit was filed Friday in the U.S.District Court for the District of Columbia.
“There will be a dire
shortage of physicians if the PPACA becomes effective and is not
overturned by the courts,” said Jane Orient, M.D. the Association’s executive director.The Association claims the law violates the Tenth Amendment, the Commerce Clause, and the provisions
authorizing taxation. The Taxing and Spending power cannot be invoked,
as the premiums go to private insurance companies.
The Association also points out that in
scoring the proposal the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) was bound by
assumptions imposed by Congress, including the ability to “save” $500 billion in Medicare, and to redirect $50 billion from Social Security. HHS Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius stated that PPACA would reduce the federal deficit, knowing the
opposite to be true if these assumptions are unrealistic, the Association says.
Hat tip to FreeRepublic .Com and the Washington Times.
In a related matter HotAir.Com is reporting that the Democrats are livid that insurance companies have begun pointing out that children with pre-existing conditions are not covered by the bill.
This was one badly written piece of legislation.