Cruz Legal Memo: Obamacare is 'Abusive View of Federal Power'

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Monday, 09 Dec 2013 07:32 AM

By Elliot Jager

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Sen. Ted Cruz plans to argue Monday in a legal memo that Obamacare is unconstitutional and an abuse of federal authority, according to The Daily Caller.

His memorandum, "The Legal Limit: The Obama Administration's Attempts to Expand Federal Power," will reportedly include legal citations and argues that the Obama administration's implementation of its signature healthcare legislation demonstrates an "abusive view of federal power."

According to the Daily Caller, the Texas Republican and tea party favorite uses the memo to question the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling upholding the law by noting that parts of it were found not to meet the constitutional challenge.

Cruz also argues that the administration had no legal basis to unilaterally grant a one-year delay on all Obamacare health insurance requirements or delays to the employer mandate. He also contends that the White House disregarded federal statutes to permit congressional staffers to obtain government-subsidized health care, according to the memo.

In addition, the Daily Caller reported, the senator argues that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional because laws that raise revenue must originate in the House and not in the Senate where he says the law originated. He also contends the law violates the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act because it requires religious organizations to include contraceptive coverage for employees in their health plans.

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