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Monday, January 31, 2011

Florida Judge Calls Health Care Reform Unconstitutional

Posted by Paul Constant on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 1:40 PM

New York Times:

A second federal judge ruled on Monday that it was unconstitutional for Congress to enact a health care law that requires all Americans to obtain commercial insurance, evening the score at two-to-two in the lower courts as the conflicting opinions begin their path to the Supreme Court.

Judge Roger Vinson of Federal District Court in Pensalcola, Fla., ruled that the law will remain effect until all appeals are concluded, a process that could take two years. However, Judge Vinson determined that the entire law should fall if appellate courts agree with his opinion that the insurance requirement if invalid.

Is there a lawyer in the house? Is there any precedent that signals how the Supreme Court will land on this?

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