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FEDERAL JUDGE RULES HEALTH CARE REFORM ACT UNCONSTITUTIONAL


Decision conflicts with some other rulings; measure likely to be decided by Supreme Court

 

By Miriam Raftery
 

January 31, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – U.S. District Court Roger Vinson in Florida today ruled that it is unconstitutional to require people to have healthcare insurance by 2014 or pay fines. His is the fourth ruling on the insurance mandate provision; two have found it constitutional, while a Virginia judge found it unconstitutional. (All four cases are being appealed.) But Judge Vinson’s decision goes further than the Virginia ruling.
 

“Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void,” Vinson wrote in a decision that promptly sparked both praise and criticism.

SYLVIA’S SOAPBOX: GET THE FACTS ON MEDICARE AND THE NEW HEALTH-REFORM LAW

DON'T BELIEVE DECEPTIVE POLITICAL ADS, FACTCHECK.ORG WARNS CONSUMERS
By Sylvia Hampton


September 24, 2010 (San Diego) -- A friend in Wisconsin asked me if she would lose her doctor because of the new health-reform law. She said she saw it in a TV campaign ad. A group calling itself “60Plus” is spending $5 million on misleading TV ads, mostly in House races, against Democrats who voted for the bill. They don’t have to disclose the donor or donors’ identities. The ads say the lawmakers "betrayed" their constituents by voting for the health care overhaul bill.

 

But most of the ads, according to the nonpartisan www.FactCheck.org website, also make statements that can’t be backed up, lack important context or are wrong. FactCheck's summary report says:

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