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Judge Roger Vinson Declares Obama Health Care Law Unconstitutional

Judge Roger Vinson, a federal judge in the northern district of Florida, has ruled Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. On Monday, January 31, 2011, Judge Vinson voted against Obama's health care reform plan in a 78 page ruling and cited Obama's 2008 campaign promise among his argument against the proposed health care reform.

Vinson stated: "I note that in 2008, then-Senator Obama supported a health care reform proposal that did not include an individual mandate because he was at that time strongly opposed to the idea, stating that 'if a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house." Vinson's concern was unrelated to Congressional powers of creating health care but the mandate regarding the purchase of insurance. Vinson also wrote: "I must reluctantly conclude that Congress exceeded the bounds of its authority in passing the Act with the individual mandate. That is not to say, of course, that Congress is without power to address the problems and inequities in our health care system. The health care market is more than one sixth of the national economy, and without doubt Congress has the power to reform and regulate this market. That has not been disputed in this case. The principal dispute has been about how Congress chose to exercise that power here."

Despite Judge Vinson's ruling, the Obama administration may implement and enforce the health care law as it appeals Vinson's ruling. White House officials held a press conference following Vinson's "surpassingly curious reading" within the ruling and stated "There's something thoroughly odd and unconventional about the analysis."

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