A federal judge on Monday ruled that the entire health care overhaul is unconstitutional, but he stopped short of ordering the federal government to stop implementing it.
Judge Roger Vinson ruled that Congress overstepped its legal bounds when it included the provision requiring nearly all Americans to buy insurance. Because the provision is key to the rest of the law, he declared the whole thing unconstitutional.
Last year, a Virginia judge knocked down the key piece of the law, but he didn’t declare the whole law unconstitutional.
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Vinson said the Congress has no right to require Americans to purchase a product.
“Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void. This has been a difficult decision to reach, and I am aware that it will have indeterminable implications.,” he wrote in his ruling.
The issue is widely expected to eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
Read More: By JENNIFER HABERKORN, Politico