31 January 2011

Florida Judge: ObamaCare UNCONSTITUTIONAL- Entire Law Voided!

Reagan appointee Roger Vinson puts the kibosh 
-at least for now- on the progressives' ultimate folly...

Forbes Magazine via Weasel Zippers: 
In a ruling out of the U.S. District Court in Pensacola Justice Roger Vinson has declared that the primary mechanism whereby the health reform achieves universal insurance coverage–the individual mandate–is unconstitutional. 

With this ruling, and a similar one in December by Judge Henry Hudson in Virgina, it’s likely that the U.S. Surpreme Court will be the final arbiter of whether ObamaCare stands. (Two other lawsuits–one in Michigan and one in Virginia–were thrown out by other federal district judges last year who disagreed with the constitutional challenge.) 

Henry Hudson, the Virginia judge who ruled in favor of that state’s legal challenge, focused on whether Congress has the ability, via the Commerce Clause, to force uninsured people to buy insurance. He concluded that it does not. 

Vinson, on the other hand, signaled in an earlier ruling that he was interested in whether the federal fine for not buying insurance is a tax or a penalty. If it’s a penalty, the legislation relies on a broad Commerce Clause interpretation. If it’s a tax, it’s much more difficult to make a constitutional claim against it.

And it gets better- he ruled the whole of ObamaCare unconstitutional... as the individual mandate is not just part and parcel of the bill, but "not severable":

Roger Vinson, a Ronald Reagan appointee, agreed with the 26 state-government plaintiffs that Congress exceeded its authority by passing a law penalizing individuals who do not have health insurance.

“I must reluctantly conclude that Congress exceeded the bounds of its authority in passing the Act with the individual mandate,” Vinson writes. “Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void.”
(Editor's note: Bwuuuuaaaaha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!)

The entire ruling posted at Weasel Zippers today -here-

What a lovely day it's been~ and 
you SCOTUS conservatives stay healthy, now...