Federal Court Says Part of Healthcare Law Is Unconstitutional
Matt | On 13, Dec 2010
There’s some big news on the healthcare front this Monday afternoon.
A federal judge in Virginia has struck down part of the healthcare law that Congress passed in March. The ruling in Virginia vs. Sebelius removes the requirement that people purchase health insurance by 2014. Opponents of the mandate cited the Commerce Clause in the Constitution saying that it doesn’t give the government the right to make people buy a commercial product (i.e., private health insurance).
At least 20 other states have joined in opposing the mandate as well. Court challenges are underway in Michigan and Florida, in addition to today’s ruling in Virginia.
The “mandate” was part of the plan to add over 30 million new people to the healthcare system in 2014. This is significant because as more people are able to absorb the high-ass costs that we have, it brings down the costs for everyone. Something has to give because the industry has discounted a damn thing!
The GOP was strongly against the insurance mandate because they felt it worked against the “free market.” In my opinion, that’s bullshit because the free market has been raping our wallets for quite sometime. Judge Henry Hudson, who struck down the mandate provision, was an appointee of George W. Bush in 2002. So, you do the math.
What’s really “unconstitutional” is how 50 million Americans, or 1/6th of the population, do not have access to healthcare at all. But, it seems that efforts to correct that are “socialist” and they add to the national debt. But hey, we do kinda need those tax cuts for the rich! Bring ’em on… *side-eye*
The next stop in the fight will most likely be the U.S. Supreme Court. The Justice Department is already planning to appeal Judge Hudson’s ruling.