Yesterday Florida District Judge Roger Vinson ruled that the “individual mandate” to purchase health insurance found in PPACA (Obama’s healthcare reform bill) is unconstitutional. Furthermore he stated that the individual mandate is not severable from the rest of the bill and thus the entire bill is ruled as unconstitutional.
The decision that the individual mandate is not severable is critical. Because if just the individual mandate were taken out and the rest of the bill was left alone, then it would lead to the downfall of private health insurance companies and the rise of government run health insurance.
I am certain the matter will make it to the Supreme Court before a final ruling and any action takes place. But, in my personal opinion, Judge Vinson’s ruling is great news. I would love to hear your opinion on the matter too.
For more information on this topic I would read the article below by Grace-Marie Turner.