Florida Judge Vinson: "Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void"
We have a couple of Americans left in the judiciary, thank Gd.
US Judge in the state of Florida ruled that the Congress exceeded its authority. The judge in Florida issued the latest ruling on the constitutionality of President Obama’s signature health overhaul.
Utah and 25 other states sued to challenge the “individual mandate,” which requires that nearly all Americans carry health insurance or face a financial penalty. The states argued that mandate oversteps constitutional limits on federal authority.
Judge Vinson declared the law unconstitutional. His is the second such ruling. In two other cases, judges determined that the individual mandate was legal, setting up a showdown to be decided months, or years, from now by the U.S. Supreme Court.
But the Florida case marks the largest attack on the sweeping Affordable Care Act meant to extend health coverage to America’s uninsured.
“This litigation is important, and not just because it deals with health care,” said Swallow. “In essence, what we’re saying is Congress broke the rules by forcing Americans to buy a product they don’t want to buy.” (here)