Candidate Irion To File Federal Lawsuit Against "Obamacare"

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Van Irion, an attorney and candidate for the 3rd Congressional District of Tennessee said he will file a constitutional challenge to the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” today.

He said he planned to file the lawsuit at 2 p.m. at the United States District Court in Chattanooga.

Attorney Irion said he considered taking the action after his trip to Nashville last month to support the Health Care Freedom Act and other bills proposed "to protect Tennessean’s against Obamacare."

He said, “It became evident to me that the attorney general was unlikely to take action. Tuesday’s announcement simply confirmed what I suspected.

"The attorney general’s analysis misses the point. Mr. Cooper bases his conclusion about the constitutionality of the Tennessee state bills on the assumption that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is per se constitutional. That is the very issue at stake here.

"Is the PPACA constitutional or not? If not, then states have every right to defend themselves from its enforcement.”

He said his suit will be challenging the constitutionality of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” on behalf of one lead citizen of Tennessee. He said that individuals and companies wishing to join the suit as plaintiffs to create a class action "against Obamacare" can contact him personally at

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