|Posted by Dawn on May 18, 2010 at 9:36 AM|
CHATTANOOGA,Tenn. (May 11) – A lawsuit filed by constitutional attorney and 3rd District U.S. HouseRepublican candidate Van Irion to overturn the Patient Protection andAffordable Care Act, known more commonly as Obamacare, was joined by its 30,000thplaintiff today. Irion has set a deadline of May 31 for other plaintiffs to join at which time the complaint will be amended to add all of the co-plaintiffsthat have signed on at http://www.obamacareclassaction.com/
“We are deeply gratified that so many citizens have asserted their individual rights and joined us in this lawsuit,” said Irion. “We believe the administration and Congress clearly exceeded the legal bounds established in the Constitution and specifically the 10th Amendment. We wanted to do more than just talk about it.”
Irion is serving as pro bono attorney in the lawsuit. He was interviewed on national television in late April by Greta Van Susteren and Judge Andrew Napolitano of FoxNews about his involvement. Videos of both interviews can be seen in their entirety at: http://www.van4congress.org/news/
The lawsuit names President Obama, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and SenateMajority Leader Harry Reid as defendants. It was filed April 8th in the UnitedStates District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee. A complete legal brief ofthe unconstitutionality of Obamacare will be made after the defendants answer the complaint. The defendants will have 60 days to answer the amended complaint. They may do so by filing a counter motion or by filing an answer to the claims in the complaint. The timeline from there is determined by how they answer.
“The goal is to reverse the incorrect interpretation by the Supreme Court of the Commerce clause that allows Congress to regulate essentially every American enterprise,” Irion explained. “This will restore the 10th Amendment and restrain Congress. Without reversing this precedent, Congress will continue to believe they have the right to regulate our daily lives and will continue to produce onerous bills that do so.”
For more information and frequent updates on the lawsuit, visit www.obamacareclassaction.com