Aug 12 2011
Update: Judge that tipped ruling was Clinton appointee. Sweet Justice - end update
Just got word from DJStrata that the 11th Court of Appeals has decided against Obamacare:
An appeals court ruled Friday that President Barack Obama’s healthcare law requiring Americans to buy healthcare insurance or face a penalty was unconstitutional, a blow to the White House.
The Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, found that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but also ruled that the rest of the wide-ranging law could remain in effect.
The legality of the so-called individual mandate, a cornerstone of the 2010 healthcare law, is widely expected to be decided by the Supreme Court. The Obama administration has defended the provision as constitutional.
The case stems from a challenge by 26 U.S. states which had argued the individual mandate, set to go into effect in 2014, was unconstitutional because Congress could not force Americans to buy health insurance or face the prospect of a penalty.
Well, it looks like all those crony exemptions to Obamacare were unnecessary after all – since they entire fiasco falls with the individual mandate. And note this is a majority of states challenging DC’s over reach. My bet is if Obama does not get elected in 2012 the nation will be able to dump this liberal albatross and avoid the same health care debacle we see in the UK and Canada. That alone should add a lot of momentum against a 2nd term for Obama, since much of the political backlash we have seen was sparked (if not fueled) by Obamacare.