May 12, 2011 — Docs 4 Patient Care, the Benjamin Rush Society, and the Pacific Research Institute issued the following statements after filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit supporting the district court’s decision that ObamaCare is unconstitutional.
Hal Sherz, MD, FACS, FAAP, President and Founder of Docs 4 Patient Care said: “We believe that it is vitally important for a physician group to stand up and speak out on behalf of all of the doctors in this country who oppose this law, but feel disenfranchised and disheartened. As opposed to other medical organizations that have failed to stand up for its constituents and have instead urged them to accept the onerous changes being forced upon them by a statist administration, we are conveying hope by challenging the legality of this law and the brazen attempt of the government to control healthcare.”
Sally C. Pipes, founder of the Benjamin Rush Society and President and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute said: “We believe that the district court was correct that the mandates imposed by the federal government in the PPACA are not a constitutional exercise of governmental power. Forcing Americans to purchase expensive health insurance or face a penalty is not the responsibility of government. Doctors and patients — not the government — should be in charge. Only then will America achieve affordable, accessible, quality care for all.”
Download a copy of the brief here.