A Federal District Court Judge in Florida has ruled the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, is unconstitutional. What are your thoughts?
At issue are pure matters of law: the constitutionality of the individual mandate under the Commerce Clause, and of the unfunded Medicaid expansion under the Spending Clause, Ninth, and Tenth Amendments. Early in the decision Federal District Judge Roger Vinson signals he sees the case as one about federalism:
“I emphasized once before, but it bears repeating again: this case is not about whether the Act is wise or unwise legislation, or whether it will solve or exacerbate the myriad problems in our health care system. In fact, it is not really about our health care system at all. It is principally about our federalist system, and it raises very important issues regarding the Constitutional role of the federal government.”
The actual ruling is here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/47905937/Health-Care-Ruling-by-Judge-Vinson
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