A federal judge yesterday ruled in favor of 26 state governors and attorneys general (mostly Republicans) who have filed suit against the Obama administration, saying that the recently passed Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. But administration officials say they will move forward despite the decision.
The decision, handed down by Senior U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson, cites the mandate that all persons carry health coverage as the chief reason for the ruling, according to an article on abcnews.go.com.
In a footnote to the 78-page ruling, Judge Vinson included a statement from then-candidate Obama:
“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,’”
The Court's rationale was based mostly upon Jeffersonian notions of limitations upon federal power. Not surprisingly, administration officials called Judge Vinson's analysis "thoroughly odd and unconventional", saying that the judge's "surpassingly curious reading" calls the entire decision into question. White House officials have publicly vowed to continue to implement the new law despite the ruling. If they do, according to constitutional lawyer Mark Levin, the administration may find itself in contempt of court.
“It does not matter that two other Federal judges ruled that Obamacare is constitutional. A Federal judge has issued a sweeping ruling that the individual mandate destroys the complicated nature of this statute. So he ruled the entire statue unconstitutional . That’s the ruling the Obama Administration must confront, that’s the ruling it must deal with. It has one alternative and one alternative only, to appeal it. It cannot defy a federal judge’s ruling and once again I want to encourage the litigants in this case, if they continue to implement this, that they go right back in front of this judge with a draft for a contempt order"
This is but another example of how this administration picks and chooses which laws it wants to obey. One thing is for sure, this is far from over...