The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) faced another courtroom assault, this time at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati a battle to strike down all or part of the federal health care reform law as unconstitutional.
“The federal government has been getting more and more power,” Robert Muise, an attorney for Michigan residents who are challenging the law, told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “This is where the line has to be drawn.”
He spoke before a three-judge panel June 1 that heard oral arguments in the case in which the plaintiffs are seeking to eliminate the law’s universal mandate. The provision of the act which requires all Americans to purchase some form of insurance.
The suit is one of scores now winding their way through federal and state courts seeking to overturn the Obama administration’s signature domestic policy statute.
Joining Muise in the assault on the law is Cincinnati Tea Party President Mike Wilson, who told Fox 19 in Cincinnati that he wanted the Affordable Care Act repealed. He is collecting signatures to qualify an initiative on the November general election ballot to amend the Ohio constitution to bar the required purchase of health insurance for state residents.
He needs the signatures of 385,000 registered voters to secure a place on the Ohio ballot.
The proposed measure is called the Health Care Freedom Amendment.
PPACA proponents take issue at Muise‘s assertions. They say that the mandate will not affect those who already have insurance and the argument is just being used as a political tool.
“If you pull the mandate out, then the insurance industry is going to be overwhelmed by people who are sick and who are applying for coverage and healthy people who are staying out of the market– and it’s not going to work,” Col Owens, co-chair of Ohio Consumers for Health Coverage told Public News Service.
Then there are those who’ve already seen the benefits. Marian Black said her 22-year-old son was struggling to find coverage to treat his Type 1 Diabetes before health care reform was passed. Now she says he’s able to get the treatment he needs.
“This gave my son a chance to get back on my health insurance, so he can be able to get his medicine, the way he needs to go to his doctor’s appointment once a month,” Black told Fox 19.