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4th Circuit Decision Expected Soon



On May 10, 2011 the federal appeals court heard 2 cases concerning Obamacare.  AG Ken Cuccinelli argued Commonwealth of Virginia vs Kathleen Sebelius and Matt Staver of Liberty Counsel argued Liberty University vs Timothy Geithner.  Listen to the official audio of the oral arguments released by the Court here: http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/OAaudiotop.htm 


During the Liberty University case, Liberty Counsel's Matt Staver asked if Obamacare is affirmed as legal, "Where do you draw the limits? What can the government force you to buy?"


The Acting Solicitor General for the U.S. offered up a stunning view of the government's authority under the Commerce Clause.  In his view the government has the power to regulate anything, or force you to buy anything, if it addressed a national problem.  In response to a question asked by the 3 member panel, referencing an earlier case, he responded "Could they possibly require the purchase of wheat?" he said. "The answer is yes."


In arguments for the Virginia case, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli argued that it is beyond the power of Congress under the Constitutions Commerce Clause to "force people to buy a product".


He has also stated that "This is why I have said all along that this is about liberty, not health care," and that "The insurance mandate penalizes people for not engaging in commerce. In other words, you can get fined for doing nothing.

"Virginia has also argued that the penalty the government wants to charge if you do not buy health insurance is not a tax. The government cannot start calling the penalty a tax to try to make it legal under Congress' taxing authority. Congress and the president passed it as a penalty, not a tax; it works as a penalty, not as a tax."


A decision is expected in both cases within 6 to 8 weeks.  Regardless of the decision, both cases are destined for a hearing before the Supreme Court.


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Take The Town Halls To Washington

Nationwide Tea Party Coalition - "Take The Town Halls To Washington"
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (March 5, 2010) - The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition is today announcing a new project, "Take The Town Halls To Washington", which is designed to bring tea party activists to Washington, DC during the month of March to meet, question and review the positions of approximately 60 Democrat members of the House of Representatives whose vote on the pending Health Care legislation has not yet been publicly announced. Tea Party Nation is a collaborating partner in the project.
Spokesman Mark A. Skoda, who is also Chairman of The Memphis TEA Party stated, "President Obama has indicated his willingness to ignore the people and force his bill through Congress using whatever means necessary. Our objective is to bring thousands of constituents to DC to meet with their representatives, capture their comments and produce a review of those positions on a daily basis. We believe that time is of the essence and the people need to understand where these representatives stand before any vote is taken."
Organizer, Michael Patrick Leahy further stated, "After more than a year of tea party resistance to the big government efforts of the Obama Administration, it all comes down to the next 3 weeks. The Administration has made it clear. They intend to ram down the Health Care takeover through a corrupt Congress by the end of this month, in direct defiance of the clearly expressed will of the American people.”
“It is time for every tea party activist across the country to consider dropping everything he or she is doing and join us in the most important battle of our life time. We need your energy, commitment, and efforts to make this succeed. We need you to consider coming to Washington during this 3 week period, and if you can’t come to Washington, be part of this project in your local area.”
A nationwide webcast is scheduled for Tuesday, March 9, 2010 with meetings in DC scheduled to begin the following day through March 31, 2010. Logistics are being coordinated for those coming to Washington and daily briefings and reviews are scheduled during the project. It is expected that visits will take place while Congress is in session from Monday through Friday.
The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition is an informal federation of thirty local tea parties from around the country who work collaboratively on important national projects. It was the group that organized the February 27, 2009 “Nationwide Chicago Tea Party” in 51 cities around the country that launched the Tea Party Movement, as well as the April 15, 2009 Tax Day Tea Party, where 1 million tea party activists attended events in over 900 cities.

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