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Monday, December 13, 2010

Federal Judge Rules Health Care Law Unconstitutional

Posted by Dan Savage on Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 11:00 AM

NYT:


A federal district judge in Virginia ruled on Monday that the keystone provision in the Obama health care law is unconstitutional, becoming the first court in the country to invalidate any part of the sprawling act and ensuring that appellate courts will receive contradictory opinions from below.... In a 42-page opinion issued in Richmond, Va., Judge Hudson wrote that the law’s central requirement that most Americans obtain health insurance exceeds the regulatory authority granted to Congress under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. The insurance mandate is central to the law’s mission of covering more than 30 million uninsured because insurers argue that only by requiring healthy people to have policies can they afford to treat those with expensive chronic conditions.

And do you know what a "severability clause" is? And did you know that the Dems forgot to include one in their health care bill?

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