BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has joined five state attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in federal court supporting the U.S. House of Representatives' lawsuit against President Obama for the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."
In a release from D.A. Caldwell, it states "the friend of the court brief, filed in House of Representatives v. Burwell, supports the House's assertion that the Obama administration has engaged in a pattern of blatant violations of duly enacted laws by granting a series of exemptions, payments, work permits and suspending or delaying certain requirements specifically laid out in the Affordable Care Act as passed by Congress. The brief stresses that this pattern of repeated illegal and unconstitutional acts by the Obama administration harms the states and their citizens and undermines the constitutional structure that protects them."
Attorney General Caldwell said, "I've been fighting for our citizens' rights over this ill-advised health care law since suing President Obama in 2012, and this bad policy just keeps on getting worse. As Louisiana citizens, we participate in the established democratic process to elect the individuals that we want representing us in Congress. In this case, President Obama has systematically sidestepped that process to create policy contrary to the wishes of Louisiana citizens. As we've seen in his recent unconstitutional immigration mandates, the President is disregarding the separation of powers and trampling states' rights with callous indifference."
Louisiana joined the states of West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, South Carolina, and Texas in filing the brief.