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Gov. Bryant files lawsuit against Obamacare

Obamacare has been receiving heavy disproval from both parties and several organizations throughout the country, but individual citizens have decided to take it upon themselves to file lawsuits, as well.
Cain Madden/ The Daily Mississippian

 
Despite the recent repeal on President Barack Obama’s health care law by the U.S. House of Representatives, a group of 11 people, including Gov. Phil Bryant, have decided to take matters into their own hands. 
The group, made up of politicians and attorneys, is suing the federal government on grounds that Obamacare is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett in Hattiesburg set a bench trial date in October to hear the case. 
The plaintiff group, which includes congressmen and attorneys, believe the healthcare law would force Americans to disclose personal medical information to private, third-party insurers, which violates the right to medical privacy.
"As a sovereign people, we exist not to serve the Government, but have instead created the Government to serve us. We therefore have empowered the courts to protect our constitutional rights, especially those few, special rights we deem fundamental. Because the individual mandate infringes upon our fundamental right to privacy, the individual mandate must be declared unconstitutional, else we must acknowledge that sovereign authority no longer resides in the people," the plaintiffs argued, according to an Associated Press article.
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare on June 28, which will impose taxes on U.S. citizens without health care starting in 2014. 
Bryant entered this lawsuit as a private citizen, and the lawsuit is not the only one of its kind around the country. Multiple religious, political and social groups nationwide have launched major lawsuits against the federal government pertaining to the constitutionality of Obamacare, and political analysts believe that many more are sure to arise.
The U.S. House of Representatives, currently a Republican majority, voted 244 to 185 to repeal Obamacare on July 11, less than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law. That was the second time the House voted to repeal the full law, after voting more than 30 times to repeal parts of the law. 
Even though the law was repealed by the U.S. House, provisions of the law will slowly start to take effect on Mississippians and other Americans. On January 1, a new Medicare tax will begin, as well as a tax on the sale of medical devices. Republicans across the state have said Mississippians that are already struggling to afford medical-related costs will be in an even bigger hole. 
“Everything that supporters of this law told us when they were passing it has turned out to be false,” Rep. Alan Nunnelee said in a press release after he voted to repeal the health care law on July 11. “They said if you like your health care plan you can keep it, it’s not a tax hike, insurance premiums will go down, it will not affect religious liberty, and the list goes on.”
Nunnelee, like Bryant and the plaintiff group, said he does not think the law is beneficial to Mississippians.
“I disagreed with the Supreme Court ruling, but the majority opinion did note that it is not their job to say whether or not this is a good law,” Nunnelee said. “I can answer that question for them: Obamacare is bad for freedom, bad for health care and bad for job creation, and that is why it must be repealed.”