Score another point for the Constitution.
An appeals court ruled Friday that President Barack Obama’s healthcare law requiring Americans to buy healthcare insurance or face a penalty was unconstitutional, a blow to the White House.
The Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, found that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but also ruled that the rest of the wide-ranging law could remain in effect.
The legality of the so-called individual mandate, a cornerstone of the 2010 healthcare law, is widely expected to be decided by the Supreme Court. The Obama administration has defended the provision as constitutional.
The case stems from a challenge by 26 U.S. states which had argued the individual mandate, set to go into effect in 2014, was unconstitutional because Congress could not force Americans to buy health insurance or face the prospect of a penalty.
“This economic mandate represents a wholly novel and potentially unbounded assertion of congressional authority: the ability to compel Americans to purchase an expensive health insurance product they have elected not to buy, and to make them re-purchase that insurance product every month for their entire lives,” a divided three-judge panel said.
The commerce act has been manipulated and twisted beyond recognition by a zealous group of leftwing politicians hellbent on making it fit their agenda. Mr. Hopey-Changey ran smack into ‘bitter, gun clinging’ Americans angry with the spending orgy, the trampling of the Constitution, and the government abuse of power.
The 6th Circuit ruled in favor of ObamaCare and the 4th still has a case pending. This will go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.