PR: Greg Katsas, Lead Attorney on ObamaCare Legal Challenge, Expresses “Disappointment” with Supreme Court Decision
For Immediate Release – June 29, 2012
Greg Katsas, Lead Attorney on ObamaCare Legal Challenge, Expresses “Disappointment” with Supreme Court Decision
Americans for Prosperity Tele-Conference Draws Audience of Over 11,000 Citizen Activists
BOGOTA, NJ – Greg Katsas, lead attorney on the multi-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care takeover, expressed “disappointment” today regarding the Supreme Court’s landmark decision.
In a conference call hosted by Americans for Prosperity and attended by more than 11,000 of the pro-free-market group’s citizen activists, Katsas said, “[Chief Justice Roberts] was with us remarkably…on the question of whether Congress can compel purchase of unwanted goods and services.”
The Chief Justice ultimately ruled, however, that the mandate was constitutional under the taxing power, a decision Katsas took issue with: “The Congress didn’t pass a tax statute,” he said. “For the Court to convert a mandate into a tax…seems very problematic.”
Katsas stated that, with the Court having handed down its decision in the historic case, it “turns a legal fight into a political fight”; a fight which Congressman Scott Garrett (R-05), another participant in today’s AFP-sponsored tele-conference, said he expects the Congress to take up in short order.
Garrett, who represents much of the northern part of the Garden State, indicated that the “next step would be a vote to repeal” in the House of Representatives. Interestingly, earlier this year the congressman elicited an admission from the Obama administration’s OMB director, Jeff Zients, that the mandate was not a tax.
Congressman Garrett also acknowledged that the Senate could repeal the mandate tax through the budget reconciliation process and that a filibuster-proof majority of 60 votes would not be necessary to repeal it. A simple majority would be needed in the House of Representatives.
Americans for Prosperity state director, Steve Lonegan, reaffirmed the group’s commitment to blocking any effort in New Jersey to implement a so-called health care exchange in the state, a central pillar of the government health care takeover.
Lonegan called the health care law “a massive tax on the middle class” and that the exchange, if set up in New Jersey, would also result in taxes on business in the state, something the state’s economy could ill afford. “Americans for Prosperity will lead in putting a stop to the health care exchange,” Lonegan said, “and we hope that Gov. Christie will be with us.”
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