Federal Judge Roger Vinson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida declared ObamaCare unconstitutional today, saying in part,
“the entire act must be declared void,”
which means that the next step, since the Justice Department will appeal, could be a Supreme Court showdown! The Daily Caller‘s Jonathan Strong, reporting on the ruling, wrote:
The ruling says the “individual mandate,” which imposes a fine on individuals who do not purchase health insurance, is unconstitutional and not “severable” from the full law. Therefore, “the entire act must be declared void,” the ruling says.
Vinson argues the mandate is an “unprecedented” exercise of federal power because it regulates a lack of economic activity, not economic activity itself.
Vinson is the second federal judge to rule Obamacare unconstitutional after a federal district court judge in Virginia ruled the same late last year. Two other judges have upheld the law.
The Supreme Court is expected to have final say on the matter once the cases work their way up the court system.
Conservative critics of the health-care law quickly hailed the ruling.
There is much more to come on this issue, and if the Supremes take up the case, we could have one of the most watched cases in a long time.
UPDATE: Judge Napolitano spoke with Shepard Smith during “Studio B” on Fox News: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/florida-federal-judge-rules-entire-healthcare-law-unconstitutional/