The “personal mandate” is unconstitutional and not severable; thus, the whole Act must declared void.
I think that about sums it up.
That was the key part of a ruling delivered today by U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson today in Pensacola, Florida where 26 state attorneys general had brought a challenge to the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – ObamaCare.
U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson, appointed to the bench by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, ruled that the reform law’s so-called “individual mandate” went too far in requiring that Americans start buying health insurance in 2014 or pay a penalty.
“Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire act must be declared void. This has been a difficult decision to reach, and I am aware that it will have indeterminable implications,” Vinson wrote.
He was referring to a key provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and sided with governors and attorneys general from 26 U.S. states, almost all of whom are Republicans, in declaring it unconstitutional. The issue will likely end up at the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court here we come…