Federal Judge Rules Obama's Health Care Law "Unconstitutional"

A federal judge in Florida has ruled unconstitutional the sweeping health care reform law championed by President Obama, setting up what is likely to be a contentious Supreme Court challenge in coming months over the legislation.

Monday's ruling came in the most closely watched of the two dozen challenges to the law. Florida along with 25 states had filed a lawsuit last spring, seeking to dismiss a law critics had labeled "Obamacare."

Judge Roger Vinson, in a 78-page, ruling dismissed the key provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- the so-called "individual mandate" requiring most Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014 or face stiff penalties.

"I must reluctantly conclude that Congress exceeded the bounds of its authority in passing the Act with the individual mandate. That is not to say, of course, that Congress is without power to address the problems and Inequities in our health care system," wrote Vinson.

"Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void. This has been a difficult decision to reach, and I am aware that it will have indeterminable implications. At a time when there is virtually unanimous agreement that health care reform is needed in this country, it is hard to invalidate and strike down a statute titled 'The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.' "

From CNN's Bill Mears

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2011 at 07:34 PM
    osoc Based on your previous comments, you are definitely not smarter than a fifth grader and not as informed as a CNN viewer. I guess you think this survey was created by Soros also. Ha Ha Ha.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2011 at 07:30 PM
    Snake Oil, if you are so "well informed" lets see how you do on this test about Fox news viewers... http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/1221/Are-you-smarter-than-a-Fox-News-viewer-How-about-a-CNN-viewer-Take-our-quiz-to-find-out/Are-you-smarter-than-a-Fox-News-viewer-How-about-a-CNN-viewer-Take-our-quiz-to-find-out
  • by common sense Location: to osoc on Feb 8, 2011 at 06:55 PM
    There is no need to prove anything to you, everybody with any hint of intelligence knows that Fox news is bias. If you are so internet savvy, it should not be any problem to find the dozens of sites that depict Fox new as being misleading. But like the poster stated, some people are just gullible and will believe anything blindly. Lets see, 1 news network report a story in the negative, 25 others report the same story in the positive, I wonder who is more accurate?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 7, 2011 at 04:39 PM
    OK boys, time to call the cards.... fox- Fake-news on Feb 6, 2011 at 09:42 PM and to LOL on Feb 5, 2011 at 07:49 PM, wait...you didn't find one lie? Come on boys, if you are going to follow those progressive rebels, have a fact to support you point of view...I mean, how much time do you need? George Soros has spent millions to slander fox with nothing...yep...nothing to find. Yet you say the are faux? Really? Seems you are false information with no facts, infor, nothing but conjecture from a childs playpen. My dogs intelligence just moved a notch up...she knows how to catch the ball, you know how to drop it. I always wondered what fools would fall for that gore global warming....wow man...you guys owe 14 trillion dollars and a lot to the chinese....good luck with that. Suggest you learn the chinese words for "the check is in the mail", "my dog ate my last check...and please don't kill me, I will pay." Next time you vote for a communist, keep in mind, it may cost you....
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 7, 2011 at 05:37 AM
    to LOL, still trying that hooey that was done by bunch of students? Hmm, desperate times eh? Fox-Fake-nes, OK brother, well just give us some examples of those lies and propaganda? Of course you cannot find anything except some opine for huffington, media matters...where Soros spends millions of dollars on...I can only guess being a sheep is such a blissfull, mindless thing. The herders just do the thinking for you...
  • by fox- Fake-news on Feb 6, 2011 at 06:42 PM
    To LOL, I see why Snake oil keeps getting his information wrong. Its the classic case of THE BLIND LEADING THE BLIND. A network that invests millions and millions of dollars on one party (GOP) will say and do anything to justify their cause, even distort the truth for their personal gain. Sad some are so blind not the see thru their BS. Repeat lies/propaganda over and over again, and some gullible persons will believe it.
  • by to LOL on Feb 5, 2011 at 04:49 PM
    osoc is not interested in FACTS, he listens to Glenn Beck and Fox news. The most mis-informed news network ever. http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/john-farrell/2010/12/22/university-study-fox-viewers-more-misinformed.html
  • by update Location: greenville on Feb 4, 2011 at 11:30 AM
    Mississippi Federal judge dismissed the suit against the Health Care Law. Were is that article? That makes 3 Constituional, 2 Unconstituional.
  • by For the record Location: greenville on Feb 3, 2011 at 09:24 PM
    OSOC. All my figures came straight off the public records. You want Gingrich back-please run him!!!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 3, 2011 at 04:09 PM
    facts Location: greenville, nice try, you will list it on your taxes with a receipt that you pay for health insurance, that is why Oblamabush hired 15 thousand new IRS. facts Location: greenville, now that was creative, void of fact, but creative. So when did the democrats take over both houses? Oh, you mean Gingrich handed to Clinton...right? Gosh, you read the numbers given to you....I lived em. You gettin this? I have read the charts....Obama is well off the debt charts and way off the election chart...you sore about November? You can get tissues at Sams...just buy the case price and don't buy them individually...too expensive under Obama..yea, demand is way up right now. You know how many trees they cut down after Obama lost the house? Wow, feelin your pain. Makes you wonder what losers voted for this community organizer....You did read his book before you voted right? I am just glad the young have to pay his 14 trillion dollars debt...well, you wanted change, figure it out.
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