Monday, December 14, 2010
Another setback for President Pootie Tang.
A Federal district judge in Virginia ruled on Monday that a keystone provision in the national healthcare law is unconstitutional. The court is the first in the country to invalidate any part of the sprawling act.
Judge Henry E. Hudson issued a 42-page decision that the law’s core requirement Americans must obtain health insurance or risk a Federal fine exceeds the regulatory authority granted to United State Congress under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.
The insurance mandate is core to the law’s mission of covering more than 30 million uninsured because insurers argue that only by forcing healthy people to have policies can they afford to treat those with expensive chronic conditions.
Creation of a national healthcare system could’ve been achieved by simply expanding the Medicare for all Americans. But alas, President Pootie Tang turned the process over to the CEOs of the insurance industry in backroom deals at the White House.