Washington, DC- FreedomWorks, a leading national conservative grassroots organizer, issued the following statement today in reaction to the news that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the liberals on the bench to uphold the president’s health care law as constitutional under Congress’s taxing power.
“The justification to uphold the individual mandate while simultaneously admitting it is unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause is baffling,” commented Dean Clancy, vice president of health care policy for FreedomWorks. “If a law violates the Constitution of the United States, it’s unconstitutional. Any other decision is an act of shameless judicial activism.”
“The president promised us in multiple interviews that the health care law was not a tax, and here we are today, on the steps of the Supreme Court building, told in a highly partisan vote that the health care law was upheld as a series of taxes. The historical, legal and political significance of today’s decision is troubling.” Clancy continued.
“Our work is far from over,” Clancy added. “Republicans must strike while the iron is hot and immediately begin efforts to repeal the law in Congress and replace it with a patient-centered system, which is the most effective and compassionate option on the table for health care reform today.”
Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks commented, “Without a strong grassroots constituency holding government accountable to its decisions, it’s doubtful the individual mandate would have been challenged in the first place. For that, activists across the country should be very proud. We are not going away. It’s time to double down on spreading the message that President Obama’s individual mandate is an unprecedented infringement on constitutional liberty, and to take that message to the ballot box in November.”
The 2,801-page “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” threatens to cost taxpayers at least $1.4 trillion over 10 years and mandates the purchase of private health care for all Americans, which will create an onslaught of economic and legal consequences that kill jobs, drive up the cost of health care for families, and make the powers of the federal government essentially limitless.
The grassroots campaign to repeal and replace “ObamaCare” has been a hard-fought battle for FreedomWorks and its network of more than 1.7 million grassroots activists nationwide. FreedomWorks engaged activists in August 2009 to hold members of Congress accountable in town hall meetings across the country, and served as a leading member of the “Repeal Coalition,” whose efforts included the “Repeal Pledge” campaign and grassroots efforts to enact Health Care Freedom Acts and stop PPACA ‘exchanges’ in the states. FreedomWorks also orchestrated the Tea Party Budget, a crowd-sourced economic recovery plan that scored repealing “ObamaCare” as the number one legislative priority.