Texas Businessman, Dr. Steven Hotze, Files Lawsuit Over ObamaCare
Citing a violation of Article 1, Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution and other unconstitutional actions, Houston businessman, Dr. Steven Hotze, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Houston on Tuesday against the federal government. The lawsuit addresses previously un-addressed constitutional issues.
Dr. Hotze announced the lawsuit in a heavily covered press conference at the Texas Capitol surrounded by a host of members of the Texas House and Senate along with Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst.
Following the press conference, Dr. Hotze spoke with TexasGOPVote in the Reception Room adjacent the office of Texas Governor Rick Perry, where he spoke about the impact of ObamaCare on small businesses and why this law is unconstitutional.
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts declared the fine imposed on businesses for failing to provide insurance to employees to be a tax and therefore the law was constitutional. Of course, the Obama Administration and leaders in the House and Senate under Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid constantly told the American people this was not a tax - it was a fine.
Article 1, Section 7, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution clearly states, "All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills." The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that created ObamaCare and this "tax" originated in the Senate.
Many people wondered why the various states Attorneys General did not argue this point before the Supreme Court during their arguments. Perhaps this will be the thread that finally unravels this law that even Democrat lawmakers are now calling a nightmare.
One thing is for certain, this lawsuit is headed straight back to the Supreme Court of the United State. Maybe this time, Roberts will get it right. TexasGOPVote will provide continuing coverage of this lawsuit.