So says Florida Judge Roger Vinson of the US District Court in Pensacola. Link as soon as I get one.
The judge ruled the individual mandate that requires all Americans to purchase health insurance invalid and, according to the decision, “because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void.”
UPDATE: Okey doke. Money quote?
“I must reluctantly conclude that Congress exceeded the bounds of its authority in passing the Act with the individual mandate. ..”
There’s gonna be some kicking and screaming about “activist judges”, doncha think?
*Bingley Update: This is worth the price of admission:
In ruling against President Obama‘s health care law, federal Judge Roger Vinson used Mr. Obama‘s own position from the 2008 campaign against him, arguing that there are other ways to tackle health care short of requiring every American to purchase insurance.
“I note that in 2008, then-Senator Obama supported a health care reform proposal that did not include an individual mandate because he was at that time strongly opposed to the idea, stating that ‘if a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house,’” Judge Vinson wrote in a footnote toward the end of the 78-page ruling Monday.
*ths bold and oh, SNAP!