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Monday, December 13, 2010

Federal Judge Strikes Blow to Controversial Healthcare Legislation Narrowly Passed By Congress



A federal district judge in Virginia ruled today that one of the key provisions in President Barack Obama's controversial health care legislation, which narrowly passed in Congress, is unconstitutional.

Specifically, Judge Henry Hudson ruled on the requirement by Congress to force people to buy health insurance exceeds the regulatory authority of Congress under the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.

Proponents and insurance companies say it's necessary to force healthy people to pay for health insurance to spread the risk and costs.

While there is no immediate change to implementing the law while appeals are pursued, the decision may give further momentum to a repeal of portions of the health care law.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is all preliminary. There have been rulings in favor of the law and rulings against the law. Victories will be claimed by the side that wins the preliminary decisions even though it is no big deal .

This is like watching spring taining to determine who will win the world series. The final decider will be the US Supreme Court.

Anonymous said...

Yes, it's preliminary, but objectively, this is big trouble for the legislation.

And, I would also add I'm not surprised. Even Congress can't make a law that violates the constitution.

Anonymous said...

Three courts have ruled in favor of the law. One against. Too bad the case could not go directly to the Supreme Court for a quick decision.

The lawyers love to drag it out and charge large fees. As in all issues - win or lose - the lawyers always make money.

Anonymous said...

Congress has made laws that violate the constitution along with a COMMIE PRESIDENT AND HIS CZARS

Anonymous said...

It is a bad bill to start with. Without the "public option" it is doomed financially.

We need Medicare for all.

Why do Republicans want a "sick" America?

Anonymous said...

Why do Republicans want a "sick" America?

This is pretty much the issue. Socialized medicine costs less and provides better service overall in nearly every other developed nation in the world. Sadly, modern Republicans seem pathologically unable to admit that government is the answer to some problems. It's sad, really. :(