Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Files Suit against Health Care Law
A group of conservative activist doctors, under the name of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, vehemently opposed the new healthcare reform law and become the first ever national physician group to file a lawsuit against the same.
The group, which has 2,300 members, has filed the lawsuit in the U. S. Court for the District of Columbia against Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Michael Astrue.
Jane Orient, MD, Executive Director of AAPS said, “If the PPACA [Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act] goes unchallenged, then it spells the end of freedom in medicine as we know it. Courts should not allow this massive intrusion into the practice of medicine and the rights of patients”.
The lawsuit claims that the law which requires that most individuals have health insurance by 2014 violates the Fifth Amendment protection against the Government taking private property for public use.
For getting insured, individuals will have to pay premiums that may fund Government subsidies for people who cannot afford insurance and premiums are considered private property. According to Orient, in that case subsidies would be considered “public use”.
Attorney Generals in 13 states have joined hands in filing a lawsuit against the federal Government, for violating the constitutional rights.