A federal judge Monday struck a major blow against Obamacare, ruling it to be unconstitutional. The ruling is welcome by those of us who believe Congress and President Barack Obama exceeded their authority last year by imposing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with its mandate that everyone must buy health insurance or pay a fine.
U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson declared the law’s individual mandate unconstitutional because when a person does nothing – that is, doesn’t buy health insurance – it is not an act that can be regulated by Congress’ Interstate Commerce Clause powers. Moreover, the judge cited the legislation’s lack of a "severability" clause and the interdependent nature of its many facets as reasons to throw out the entire law, rather than merely the individual mandate.
This is an important step toward what we hope is the ultimate undoing of President Barack Obama and the 111th Congress’ centerpiece legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which effectively would bring one-sixth of the economy under the federal government’s control.