I’m posting this email from Travis Hankins, who is running to take on Rep. Baron Hill (D-Indiana), a Blue Dog who voted for last night’s health care measure. Before the bill was passed I heard a few things about legal challenges – this is the first actual suit of which I’m aware.
Columbus-Today, Travis Hankins has announced that he is in the beginning process of filing legal briefs petitioning the courts to repeal “health care reform” on grounds that the legislation is unconstitutional.
Hankins will file a federal suit naming President Obama and every member of Congress that voted for the legislation alleging that they violated every American citizen’s constitutional rights. Hankins believes that Congress did not have the legal right to pass this bill.
Hankins is particularly concerned about the universal individual insurance mandate. Hankins believes this provision is very unconstitutional and would grant the government new powers that they have never had before.
Hankins comments, “When the President and Congress abandon their oath of office to preserve and protect the Constitution, then the Citizens must first look to the courts to restore and revive what the politicians failed to protect.”
Hankins continues, “We can’t wait until the elections in November. We need this legislation reversed now and my petition calls on the courts to do that.”
The Congressional Budget Office has commented on the historic expansion of Government power that the universal individual insurance mandate would usher in:
“A mandate requiring all individuals to purchase health insurance would be an unprecedented form of federal action. The government has never required people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States. An individual mandate would have two features that, in combination, would make it unique. First, it would impose a duty on individuals as members of society. Second, it would require people to purchase a specific service that would be heavily regulated by the federal government.”
Hankins comments on the universal individual insurance mandate, “This is a tax on citizenship. If we give the politicians this power over our lives simply as citizens then it will never end. Someday they will be mandating what cars we MUST buy, what food we must eat, where we must live and on and on. We must put a stop to ever increasing government intrusion now.”
Hankins continues, “The Congress has limited, enumerated authority and they have to justify to the people that their bill is Constitutional and legal before they pass it. For Congress to make any law they must first point to the provision that gives them the right to take action. There is no provision in the Constitution authorizing Obamacare.”
Proponents of Obamacare will point to interstate commerce clause, but even in the Supreme Court’s most liberal interpretation, interstate commerce never gave the authority to regulate inactivity or to mandate inactivity to become activity. If illegally granted this power, there is no limit to potential government intrusion in our lives.
Hankins wants to make it clear that this is not a partisan issue for him. Many Republicans have strongly supported the concept of a universal individual insurance mandate including one of Travis’ primary opponents (another primary opponent supports something eerily similar). Travis has no problem saying that some Republicans are very much a part of the problem when it comes to a universal individual insurance mandate and if any of them had voted on it then their name would be included in the petition.
Hankins supports other petitions by the states and others but Hankins feels to many of them are watered down and not focused on the right Constitutional questions. Hankins’ petition will focus on the Unconstitutionality of the Universal Insurance mandate and Tax Payer funded Abortion.
Travis Hankins believes the court should be valuable piece of the puzzle in restoring and reviving the Constitution from the politicians and bureaucrats who are destroying it. The court must not follow the path of Congress, the President, and activists courts…but they must be the protector of the Constitution.
Hankins plans to file his petition one day after the May primary.
Travis Hankins is a real estate investor and conservative activist seeking the GOP nomination in Indiana’s ninth Congressional district. More information can be found at www.travishankins.com.