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Florida Fed. Judge Strikes Down Part of Health Care Law

January 31, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

By Jeff Bohen
Staff Writer – (jbohen@buxmontnews.com)

Federal Judge Roger Vinson of Florida  issued his decision just moments ago saying the Health Care Law’s individual mandate is” unconstitutional.”

Justice Vinson writes :

“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. Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not serve able, the entire Act must be declared void.”

A number of legal observers have said this case in particular is important because 26 other states, including Pennsylvania  joined, this civil suite filed in Pensacola Florida.

Today’s ruling is the second one, the first being in Virgina, against the Health Care Law.

Two other federal judges have upheld the law so far.

Justice Vinson, did not issue an injunction on the law as it stands and the decision today has to do with part of the law going into effect 2014 that calls for the purchase of health insurance or face penalties.

Here is a link to the decision made by the ruling  judge furnished by MSNBC.com http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/MSNBC/Sections/NEWS/A_Politics/___Politics_Today_Stories_Teases/PPM153_vin.pdf

Attorney’s for the President’s administration have argued states have no standing to challenge the law and the case should be dismissed.
Its thought the U.S.  Supreme Court will eventually get and rule on the case sometime this fall.
Although there are calls to “fast track” the case to the Supreme Court.
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