Obviously, not in those words, but the judge declared the health care law unconstitutional because it violates the Commerce Clause. He ruled that as a result of the unconstitutionality of the “individual mandate” that requires people to buy insurance, the entire law must be declared void.
It has been quite humorous to see those who rushed this controversial, unpopular bill into law over the Christmas holidays in 2009 try to piece together a defense of this giant stench of overreaching legislation.
Our Congressman Rubén Hinojosa recently released a report that details the impact of the Republicans’ Patients’ Rights Repeal Act on those who live in Texas Congressional District 15, claiming it will take away the rights of uninsured patients, raise costs of coverage and eliminate hundreds of thousands of new jobs in the health care field.
Really, Congressman? No doubt repeal of Obamacare also will force seniors to eat dog food and cause poor families to decide between food, medicine or pulling the plug on grandma.
In the first place, how can you honestly believe the CBO figures that Congress can add 30 million uninsured people to the rolls of those with health care coverage – a massive new entitlement – without adding to the runaway federal deficit?
Secondly, do you remember how all the Republican ideas for reducing the costs of medical coverage, including providing competition from the sale of insurance policies across state lines and tort reform, were not even allowed to be considered by the partisan, Pelosi-Reid-Obama-led team?
Then there was the awful way this whole fiasco was concocted with political payoffs, such as the Cornhusker kickback and Louisiana purchase, to round up the final wavering moderate Democrat Senate votes. Don’t you remember the tea party rallies and town hall confrontations?
In recent polls, the majority of Americans still are opposed to Obamacare, although some of its provisions are becoming more popular, including not allowing insurance companies to deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. But those can be dealt with separately, instead of forcing everyone eventually onto a one-size-fits-all public option plan which denies us the freedom to see the doctors we choose.
Most importantly, now federal judges have found Obamacare to be against the law of the land. Not just in this latest high-profile case, with 26 states joining the challenge in Florida. In at least one other case, a federal judge in Virginia has ruled the individual mandate is unconstitutional.
Certainly, President Obama and the left are going to fight this decision, even after the new U.S. House voted overwhelmingly to repeal it. And the Supreme Court will have the final say on its constitutionality.
Yet, most who are concerned about this country’s direction are ecstatic with these developments. As several have pointed out, if allowed to stand, what’s to stop the feds from forcing us all to buy vitamins, or even broccoli, in order to lead healthier lives.
We will draw the line at brussels sprouts.