BATON ROUGE, LA – Continuing his fight against federal
overreach, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry today joined a 20-state
effort in urging a federal district court in Texas to hold the Affordable Care
Act (ACA) individual mandate as unconstitutional and to enjoin the law.
"Today is another step in ensuring the unconstitutional actions made by the past Administration are not forced onto the American people," said General Landry, who voted dozens of times as a Member of Congress against the ACA. "I will continue working with my fellow Attorneys General to fight back against unlawful mandates."
The legal complaint filed by 18 Attorneys General and two Governors explains that the ACA forces unconstitutional and irrational rules onto citizens and states. Congress recently repealed the tax brought about through the Supreme Court decision in NFIB v. Sebelius. However, though the tax was repealed, the mandate was left in place. Since the Supreme Court has previously decided that Congress has no authority to impose such a mandate on Americans, the ACA is unconstitutional.
The Landry coalition, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, also included leaders from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia.