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Florida Judge Rejects Obamacare

January 31, 2011

Good news! A federal judge in Florida has ruled that Obamacare is unconstitutional. More specifically, he declared the individual mandate to be unconstitutional, but voiding that particular penalty would consequently void the entire law.

Here is an excerpt from Judge Roger Vinson’s ruling, courtesy of Reuters:

"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.

Regardless of how laudable its attempts may have been to accomplish these goals in passing the Act, Congress must operate within the bounds established by the Constitution."

Judge Vinson’s ruling is even broader than the Virginia ruling last month because it declares the entire law invalid, not merely the individual mandate.

This is a huge victory and we look forward to watching the law go all the way to the Supreme Court, where it will almost certainly be brought for final consideration. In the meantime, rest assured we will do all we can to address the issue within the legislative branch. As you may recall, the House of Representatives voted to repeal Obamacare two weeks ago. We hear additional repeal efforts in the Senate are in the works as well.  


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