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Physicians' Coalition Asks Federal Court to Block Obama Healthcare: Doctors Claim Bill Would End 'Practice of Medicine as We Have Known It,' Assert President's Actions Are Unconstitutional
Date:1/15/2010

GREENBELT, Md., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a suit filed in Federal District Court, a group of nine prominent physicians from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC have brought suit against President Barack Obama, claiming that his actions in forcing a healthcare bill through Congress have violated his constitutional authority.   The physicians are asking the Court to enjoin the President from any effort to "intimidate or coerce" any member of the Senate or House of Representatives to vote for a healthcare reform bill, or to expedite its passage.

The physicians' legal move comes as the Obama Administration is pushing Democratic members of the Senate and House to merge the bills approved by their respective chambers.   With neither version of the bill having attracted any Republican votes, and with no Democratic votes to spare, prospects for passage of a conference bill are small without further White House pressure on Democrat moderates.

In a complaint before U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte, a Clinton appointee, the physicians claim that the unconstitutional passage of the pending healthcare legislation would have a devastating impact on American medicine.  "I deplore the loss of the practice of medicine as we have known it," Dr. Richard P. Delaney, M.D., a Maryland family practice physician for over fifty years and one of the doctors bringing the action, asserted to the Court.  In addition, said Dr. Delaney in a filed affidavit, the unconstitutional bill would :

  • "eliminate the sacred binding of the dedicated physician and the sick patient"
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