Landmark Lawsuit Into Second Day of Oral Arguments

Arizona state director of named plaintiff says he’s confident Supreme Court will rule in NFIB’s favor.

PHOENIX, Ariz., March 27, 2012 — Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, the named plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit, NFIB v. Sebelius, said today he’s confident the U.S. Supreme Court will agree with and rule in favor of NFIB, Arizona and 25 other states challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare.

“When we filed this lawsuit two years ago, some people called it frivolous, and there are plenty of people today who claim it’s doomed to fail, but we’re convinced the Supreme Court will agree, just as lower courts have, that the individual mandate requiring everyone to buy health insurance is unconstitutional,” Quinlan said.

“The issue here is whether Congress can force individuals to buy health insurance,” he said. “Under the health-care law, most people will be required to buy health insurance starting in 2014. If they don’t, they’ll have to pay a penalty.”

In what some media are calling the most significant court case since Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, the U.S. Supreme court yesterday heard the first of three days of oral arguments in NFIB v. Sebelius. Ordinarily, the court allots only one hour for oral arguments, but it’s set aside six hours over the three days to hear the case brought by NFIB, Arizona and 25 other states.

“Congress has no authority to make people buy anything,” Quinlan said. “They can’t force people to buy health insurance the same as they can’t force people to floss their teeth or eat their peas. Despite heroic efforts to obscure this fact, Congress clearly overreached by imposing this health-care law. It’s difficult to think of another case where the federal government’s intrusion into people’s lives has been so blatant and egregious.”

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NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.


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