You can read Justice Vinson's entire ruling below (h/t: Michelle Malkin)
For an extra nice touch, Justice Vinson uses Obama's own words against him.
The Washington Times:In ruling against President Obama‘s health care law, federal JudgeRoger Vinson used Mr. Obama‘s own position from the 2008 campaign against him, when the then-Illinois senator argued there were other ways to achieve reform short of requiring every American to purchase insurance.
“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,’” Judge Vinson wrote in a footnote toward the end of his 78-page ruling Monday.[...]
The footnote was attached to the most critical part of Judge Vinson‘s ruling, in which he said the “principal dispute” in the case was not whether Congress has the power to tackle health care, but rather whether it has the power to compel individual citizens to purchase insurance.
The only thing Justice Vinson did not deliver on was an injunction stopping the immediate implementation of ObamaCare.
The New York Times: [...]The judge declined to immediately enjoin, or suspend, the law pending appeals, a process that could last two years. But he wrote that the federal government should adhere to his declaratory judgment as the functional equivalent of an injunction. That left confusion about how the ruling might be interpreted in the 26 states that are parties to the legal challenge.
The insurance mandate does not take effect until 2014. But many new regulations are already operating, like requirements that insurers cover children with pre-existing health conditions and eliminate lifetime caps on benefits. States are also preparing for a major expansion of Medicaideligibility and the introduction of health insurance
Even though this ruling doesn't stop ObamaCare in its tracks, the left isn't happy. On Memeorandum, you can hear them screaming "judicial activism". The White House even had the gall to call this ruling an overreach! That is comical seeing how the Democrats overreached all over the place to pass ObamaCare!
What this ruling does is to help advance the battle to repeal ObamaCare to the Supreme Court. There if all goes well, ObamaCare will meet its demise. Fingers crossed!
Via: The Washington Times
Via: The New York Times