A federal appeals court in Atlanta on Friday struck down a key provision of the Obama administration's health care reform law, ruling that Congress exceeded its authority in mandating that most Americans buy health insurance by 2014 or face a penalty.
A divided, three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the individual mandate was "breathtaking in its expansive scope" and therefore unconstitutional. The "individual mandate," they wrote, "exceeds Congress's enumerated commerce power."
The opinion was written jointly by Chief Judge Joel F. Dubina, a George H.W. Bush appointee, and Judge Frank M. Hull, appointed to the bench by Bill Clinton. The ruling marks the first time a judge appointed by a Democratic president struck down the key provision of the law.
Wasn't the "success" predicated upon the mandate? If people aren't forced to purchase insurance, they'll be right back in the emergency room looking for a handout.
I wonder what the wizards will do now?
BTW - did you see this article saying the Dems have the doldrums about Obama's reelection chances and they're wondering whether Hillary would have made a better president?
Think they'll be a big TADA?