Friday, August 12, 2011

Goodbye Healthcare Mandate...?

Georgia Appeals Court rules it unconstitutional. Driving the thing closer to SCOTUS?

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.

Stop laughing!

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?


Maria said...

God is good. Definitely going to the Supreme Court. Our very freedom is at stake.

Anonymous said...

Those on Commonwealth Care and MassHealth, who used to go to the ER for primary care still go there. The copays are very low -- $1 or $3 for Commonwealth Care Type I (below Federal Poverty line). I have heard that argument that the decrease in ER visits will save money so many times. I know that the reality in Massachusetts is very different.

Anonymous said...

Not until the fat lady (SCOTUS) sings.

Joseph D'Hippolito said...

Apparently, Madame Secretary of State is biding her time until her current boss's already-abyssmal standing decreases even further. We all know that there's no love lost between her, her husband and her boss. She will make the announcement at the right time, when she has the Democratic Party stalwarts behind her so that, this time, nothing will go wrong (at least, from her point of view).

All this means is that Sarah Palin will become the first presidential candidate to win all 50 states--God willing and the Charles River don't rise!

Word verification: typef

As succinct a description of the current occupant of the White House as you can get.

Joseph D'Hippolito said...

I'm sure the Big Bubba is negotiating and arm-twisting as we speak....

Anonymous said...

I would never vote for Sarah Palin.


Joseph D'Hippolito said...

Why, Veronica?

Anonymous said...

She's an opportunist and a bimbo. She ought to stay home and take care of her family.