Federal Judge Strikes Down Entire Health Care Law

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Another judge has struck down the Obama administration’s sweeping health care reform law. So far two federal judges have ruled in favor of the law’s legality, while two have ruled it unconstitutional. Twenty-six states' attorneys general brought this latest lawsuit and it’s unclear how the ruling will be interpreted in each of them. This time Judge Rodger Vinson, of Federal District Court in Pensacola, Florida ruled that the mandate to buy health insurance was so intertwined with the rest of the law that the entire act was unconstitutional.

Kevin Sack, national correspondent for The New York Times says the implications of the ruling will be downright confusing in the coming days. We'll have to wait and see how governors from various states start interpreting the ruling and how the Obama administration counters it.  Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent helps to clarify the latest.


Kevin Sack

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Jen Poyant


Todd Zwillich

Comments [1]

amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

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The American judiciary is all about constitutional ideology, similar but not identical to its political variant. Such matters as the Commerce Clause or the 14th Amendment can only be determined by a courts' particular interpretation as seen through the prism of politics, even when objectivity is adhered to.

To wit; everything in a contested culture - every action, inaction, object, etc. - is political, even if only in terms of "optics."

Feb. 01 2011 09:45 AM

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