Judge Rules Health Care Law Is Unconstitutional

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Fox News

A U.S. district judge on Monday threw out the nation’s health care law, declaring it unconstitutional because it violates the Commerce Clause and surely reviving a feud among competing philosophies about the role of government.

Judge Roger Vinson, in Pensacola, Fla., ruled that as a result of the unconstitutionality of the “individual mandate” that requires people to buy insurance, the entire law must be declared void.

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Florida judge: Fight against insurance mandate can proceed

The Hill

A federal judge in Florida on Thursday ruled that challenges to the healthcare reform law’s individual mandate and its Medicaid expansion can proceed.

The widely expected ruling does not mean that Florida Northern District Senior Judge Roger Vinson agrees that the law is unconstitutional, only that the arguments against it can’t be dismissed out of hand as the Obama administration had requested. Vinson threw out four other counts having to do with taxation and requiring states to enforce the law.

Attorney General Bill McCollum’s lawsuit, filed the same day that President Obama signed health reform into law, is the main legal challenge to the Democrats’ signature domestic achievement. Challengers include 20 states and the National Federation of Independent Business.

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