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Since it was first signed into law, the Affordable Care Act (the ACA and also known as Obamacare) has been lambasted and attacked by almost every conservative faction in the government. Regardless of whether we’re looking at local governments or the federal government, conservative politicians across the board have claimed time and time again that Obamacare isn’t what the people wanted and that they would do everything in their power to repeal the law and get rid of universal healthcare for all. Now, after every attempt to get rid of the law has faltered up until now, Republicans are once again trying to bring down Obamacare.obamacare

In this current third attempt to get rid of the law, a new appeal is being filed today by the Pacific Legal Foundation. They contend that the law violates the provision of the Constitution that requires tax-raising bills to originate in the House of Representatives and are hoping that the Supreme Court justices agree with them and strike down Obamacare once and for all. Up until now, the last two times to get rid of the ACA have failed, with the Supreme Court ruling against those trying to get rid of the law. That being said, there have been minor success for those on the right in the fight against ACA, such as allowing family-owned businesses with religious objections to deny woman covered by their health plans access to contraception.

This current appeal is being filed on behalf of Matt Sissel, a small-business owner who first brought the alleged conflict between the law and the Constitution to light. He claims that the law goes against the Constitution’s Origination Clause — which requires the house to be the first to pass any bills that results in the raising of revenue. The argument being made is that since the law is going to eventually bring in over $500 billion in dozens of new taxes, the purpose of the law was to clearly raise revenue. So far, lower courts have already rejected the argument, saying that the purpose was clearly to expand healthcare coverage and not raise revenue, and now the Pacific Legal Foundation is hoping that the higher court will listen to them.

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