And so it begins. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is the first medical society to sue to overturn the health care bill, otherwise known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The group entered its case before the U.S. District Court as “AAPS v. Sebelius et al.”
“If the PPACA goes unchallenged, then it spells the end of freedom in medicine as we know it,” says Dr. Jane Orient, the association’s executive director. “Courts should not allow this massive intrusion into the practice of medicine and the rights of patients. There will be a dire shortage of physicians if the PPACA becomes effective and is not overturned by the courts.”
The charges? The group says the bill violates Fifth Amendment protection against the government forcing one person to pay cash to another, as well as the Tenth Amendment, the Commerce Clause and provisions authorizing taxation.
“AAPS asks the Court to enjoin the government from promulgating or enforcing insurance mandates and require [Health and Human Services] Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue to provide the Court with an accounting of Medicare and Social Security solvency,” the group says.
Hell, there’s so many violations and illegal tactics in the bill, I’m surprised they only mentioned two Amendments.