U.S. judge rejects key part of new healthcare law

In the first of what could be a series of decision leading to the U.S. Supreme Court, a federal judge has ruled that the Obamacare requirement to buy health insurance is illegal.

Personally, I thought so too, but the ruling came from a judge appointed by George W. Bush, so perhaps it should not have been unexpected. The health insurance requirement is at the heart of Obamacare, so if the decision holds up, we might see the entire scheme unravel. 

That would be good.

Here is a story on the decision.


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  • Except that all reports other than yours stated that two federal judges, including one in Virginia, had already rejected the challenges, including the paragraph in the linked story: "Other federal judges in Virginia and Michigan have offered different interpretations, dismissing constitutional challenges to the new mandate." So, there is already a split in opinions within the Fourth Circuit. And your statement that this was the first of a series of decisions is false.

    This will eventually get to the Supreme Court. I have already given my opinion on how they will rule, so don't count your chickens until they hatch. Basically, though, if Obama took over 1/6th of the economy, I don't see how anyone can say that commerce was not affected. However, the opponents want it both ways. And as to whether the Commerce Clause sweeps that far, I refer you to Gonzales v. Raich where the Supreme Court went so far as to hold that the private cultivation of marijuana impacted commerce. It seems like one thing on which both Democratic and Republican (Gonzales) Attorneys General agree is that they will defend the power of the federal government.

  • This is ,finally, great news.Now beleive it or not the federal government should just stay out of PUBLIC health care.Wait,they do sush a fantastic job over at medicare.All I. keep asking is "name ONE government program that is NOT bloated and corupt." I'll wait here,oh yea get in line now for that xray you might need in january of 2015.

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