I have a question. Has any federal law ever been declared unconstitutional on the technical procedural grounds of violation of the Constitutional requirements of the origination clause, as George Will demands is the case with the PPACA?
So you don’t have to look it up, here’s the origination clause to which he refers from Article I, Section 8:
All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills.
The emphasis is mine. Mr. Will’s claim is that since the PPACA originated in the Senate it’s in violation of the origination clause which, since the Supreme Court has already held that its mandatory provisions are based on the Congress’s tax powers.
I seriously doubt that the Supreme Court would declare the PPACA unconstitutional on the grounds Mr. Will suggests unless it was already predisposed to strike the law down and there’s very little evidence that’s the case.
Could somebody help me out here?