40 House Republicans Back Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare

40 House Republicans Back Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare
Forty Republican members of Congress have filed an amicus brief in a federal appeals court that will hear a constitutional challenge to Obamacare, Roll Call reported Tuesday.

The brief, filed by Arizona Republican Trent Franks, chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, and signed by 39 other GOP lawmakers, argues that because the Supreme Court ruled that President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law is a tax — and because they say the bill originated in the Senate, Obamacare violates the Constitution's Origination Clause, which requires that all revenue-raising bills originate in the House.

The brief supports an appeal in a lawsuit brought by the Pacific Legal Foundation.

Roll Call reported that the Senate averted any so-called "blue slip problems" with the House by taking the language of a House-passed bill that would have provided tax credits to veterans buying homes and replacing it with the 2,074-page Affordable Care Act.

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