Florida Judge Rules Against Health Care Law
Monday, January 31, 2011
A Florida judge has ruled that the nation's new healthcare law is unconstitutional, marking a victory for the 26 states who challenged it. The states challenged a provision of the law that requires Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty.
In his ruling, Senior U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson agreed.
"There is widespread sentiment for positive improvements that will reduce costs, improve the quality of care and expand availability in a way that the nation could afford," he wrote in his conclusion."Regardless of how laudable its attempts may have been to accomplish these goals in passing the Act, Congress must operate within the bounds of the Constitution."
He went on to declare the entire act unconstitutional because of the individual insurance mandate.
As the Associated Press reported, the case is expected to come before the U.S. Supreme Court, with a federal judge in Virginia ruling against the law, and at least two others ruling in favor of it.