ATTORNEYS PLAN TO CHALLENGE OBAMACARE UNILATERAL REWRITES
NWV News Writer Jim Kouri
Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
September 17, 2013
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An "Inside the Beltway" group of public-interest attorneys stated this week that they are exploring a legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s rewriting of Obamacare, a/k/a the Affordable Care Act.
According to Judicial Watch, President Obama has unilaterally rewritten the law -- without congressional approval -- to delay the so-called “employer mandate,” which was scheduled to go in effect on Jan. 1, 2014, for at least a year. The employer mandate stipulates that companies with over 50 full-time employees must provide healthcare plans for their workers that comply with Obamacare standards.
If they do not, they will be forced to pay a penalty "tax" for each employee not receiving an Obama-approved healthcare plan. The temporary waiver allows companies to save millions of dollars.
However, Judicial Watch notes that the President did not rewrite the Affordable Care Act so that Americans would be eligible for a delay in the implementation of the “individual mandate,” which requires nearly all Americans to have Obama-approved health insurance by that same date or pay a tax penalty.
"Many Americans are caught in the middle. They are obligated to have Obama-approved health insurance, but their employers are not obligated to provide it, at least for another year. As a result, these Americans will be forced to purchase Obama-approved health insurance on an Obamacare-created health insurance exchange or pay the tax penalty. Either way, they’re out-of-pocket," stated officials at Judicial Watch.
In it's press statement on Monday, Judicial Watch noted: If you are going to have to purchase Obama-approved health insurance through an Obamacare-created health insurance exchange or pay a tax penalty because your employer, which would have been covered by the employer mandate, is dropping or does not provide health insurance, you may have a claim to challenge President Obama’s unilateral rewriting of the law.
"We obviously object to the employer mandate, the individual mandate, and the entire Obamacare law, but we understand that, under the U.S. Constitution, the law can only be changed by legislation passed by Congress and signed by the president. President Obama evidently wants to delay at least some of the ill effects of his health care scheme until after the 2014 congressional elections. But politics do not trump the Constitution or the rule of law," according to Judicial Watch.
If you believe your circumstances are fit Judicial Watch's criteria for legal action, and would be interested in being "a plaintiff in a challenge to Obama’s unconstitutional power grab," then contact Judicial Watch by using this special email address: [email protected]
Meanwhile, the Treasury Department reported that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service -- an agency under the direction of Treasury Secretary -- would hire upwards of 10,000 more agents to enforce several provisions of the far-reaching health care program, according to a government report.
With the IRS set to take a significant role in the new health care law signed by President Barack Obama on national television, that part of the Obamacare plan continues to worry those who have little faith in government efficiency, especially when Americans' privacy issues are involved, according to the American Society for Effective Healthcare.
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Many security experts fear that Americans' patient information will be vulnerable to unauthorized access and distribution with perpetrators being outside hackers or IRS insiders.
Today's Internal Revenue Service relies extensively on computerized systems to carry out its demanding responsibilities to collect taxes, process tax returns, and enforce the nation's tax laws. Add the new responsibilities of taxing health care under the guise of levying fines on those who violate Obamacare provisions as well as record keeping, and there now exists a greater likelihood of patient information being unlawfully accessed or accidentally released to third parties.
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