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Another Federal Judge Challenges Health Care Law

On Monday, another federal judge from our nation’s south made a bid to squelch President Obama’s big health care win from last year by arguing that the mandatory health insurance component of the law makes the whole thing unconstitutional. –KA

The New York Times:

Unlike a Virginia judge in December, Judge Roger Vinson of Federal District Court in Pensacola, Fla., concluded that the insurance requirement was so essential to the workings of the Affordable Care Act that its unconstitutionality required that the entire Obama health care law be invalidated.

“The Act, like a defectively designed watch, needs to be redesigned and reconstructed by the watchmaker,” Judge Vinson wrote.

The judge declined, however, to immediately enjoin, or suspend, the law pending appeals, a process that could take two years. That left confusion about how the ruling might be interpreted in the 26 states that are parties to the legal challenge.

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