Health Care Reform Bill of President Obama ruled unconstitutional by Florida Federal Judge

By on Feb 3, 2011 in Current Events, Politics, United States Comments

The Health Reform Bill or The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional according to the ruling by Florida federal Judge Roger Vinson, as reported earlier by several news sites. The ruling was issued by Judge Vinson of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida on Monday, February 1, 2011.

Judge Roger VinsonImage Credit: Ben Twingley/AP

US President Barack Obama, who was very supportive of the Health Reform Bill, has signed it into law in March 2010. Since its passage, 26 states, other citizens and groups have filed their opposition in court to overturn the law.

Judge Vinson voided the law in his 78-page opinion on the legality of the landmark bill. According to Vinson, based on the US Constitution‘s Commerce¬†Clause, Congress and the¬†federal government cannot force individuals to buy health insurance. This was included in a provision in the law called individual mandate. Vinson said, that in the passage of the bill, “Congress exceeded the bounds of its authority in passing the Act with the individual mandate.” In his ruling, Judge Vinson clarified that since “the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void.”

Individual mandate, one of the last requirements in the bill, forces all Americans to have their own health insurance or face penalties that will be applied to paying for the health insurance as specified in the Federal websiter healthcare.gov.



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