Monday, January 31, 2011

Florida Judge Rules Health Care Law Unconstitutional.

The individual mandate IS declared "unseverable" hence making the entire law unconstitutional and void.
A U.S. district judge on Monday threw out the nation's health care law, declaring it unconstitutional because it violates the Commerce Clause and surely reviving a feud among competing philosophies about the role of government.

Judge Roger Vinson, in Pensacola, Fla., ruled that as a result of the unconstitutionality of the "individual mandate" that requires people to buy insurance, the entire law must be declared void.

"I must reluctantly conclude that Congress exceeded the bounds of its authority in passing the act with the individual mandate. That is not to say, of course, that Congress is without power to address the problems and inequities in our health care system. The health care market is more than one-sixth of the national economy, and without doubt Congress has the power to reform and
regulate this market. That has not been disputed in this case. The principal dispute
has been about how Congress chose to exercise that power here," Vinson wrote.
BTW, Read the ruling, the injunction is functionally enacted.

For those that have commented that only if they had included a "severability clause" all would be right with the world. Not so....The individual mandate is the foundation of Obamacare, pull that out and the entire behemoth castle of cards collapses.

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