Federal judge tosses out sweeping health care reform act
January 31st, 2011
05:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Federal judge tosses out sweeping health care reform act

Washington (CNN) - A federal judge in Florida has ruled unconstitutional the sweeping health care reform law championed by President Barack Obama, setting up what is likely to be a contentious Supreme Court challenge over the legislation in coming months.

Monday's sweeping ruling came in the most closely watched of the two dozen separate challenges to the law. Florida along with 25 states had filed a lawsuit last spring, seeking to dismiss a law critics had labeled "Obamacare."

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  1. terry, va

    Oh BABY!!!!!!!! Great news for the taxpayers. Sorry, boys go to work and pay your own way.

    January 31, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. beevee

    Looks like another republican leaning judge tries to interfee with administration. These guys should be told they are not to interfere with legislative issues and pass judgements.

    January 31, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. Cyn

    explain the difference between requiring car insurance versus health insurance. I can't drive a car, licensing, without insurance why is that not unconstitutional.

    January 31, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. John N Florida

    This was hardly unexpected. This Judge was hand picked by the right to hear the case. His decision was a foregone conclusion.
    The Judge in Virginia was also hand picked.
    Current score: 14 suits dismissed
    2 suits found FOR Health Care
    2 suits decided AGAINST Health Care.

    January 31, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. demmie

    why does it matter? the administraiton will jsut appealing and appealing and appealing until they get the result/judge they want. See Gulf oil drilling moratorium for reference

    January 31, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Mark

    If more than half the states oppose it, it should be gone! Pelosi's ego brought this upon us.

    January 31, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    This would Red State!

    January 31, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. Vet in TX

    some states say it is, some say it isn't (constituional), it's nothing more than a campaining platform for those running and is nothing but rhetoric, just as abortion has been since 1973. I see a public option coming in the near future.

    January 31, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. Bad Patient

    would it have been constitutional if they kept the public option?

    January 31, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Okay, I need some healthcare, I haven't been to a dentist since I was in the 8th grade, now I am a 3rd year PhD student.

    January 31, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. james Miller

    Lets have the public option as the "mandate" looks to be in trouble. That`s the only true fair approach for those unable to get health care as it now stands.

    January 31, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. politigal

    What a poorly written headline! This just means it is going to the Supreme Court – along way from fully enacted and a long way from "struck down." CNN – you do your readers a disservice.

    January 31, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. Andrew

    Here we go again with this stupid conservative crap again.Why when you drive you have to have mandatory insurance???

    January 31, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Dean

    Obama's Legacy...FAIL.

    January 31, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. vic

    Of course unlike any other civilized county in the US the insurance companies run our health care. Because emergency rooms by law have to serve the uninsured when someone comes in and an x-ray or other diagnostic procedure a performed it can cost $5,000. We pay for that. The only real reform is a single payer system.

    January 31, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. Rick in AZ

    If one has enough money one can always buy a Judge. United Health Care, Cigna, Humanna all have butt loads of cash.

    January 31, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. Denise Chestnut

    I can understand for the life of me why its okay to mandate we pay car insurance to drive, but its unconstitional for us to pay for lower health insurance. Maybe we should go ahead and just strike that provision, and make it so that should you decide you want health insurance you will have to wait 6 months before gaining access to the plan when you suddenly need it. This way all the taxpayers who opted in before they became sick or injured do not have to pay for your health care.

    January 31, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. Cindy

    Thank GOD!!!!

    January 31, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. realworld

    I wonder how the Court dealt with “An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen,” passed by Congress and signed by the President, which socialized medicine and mandated health insurance – in 1798. Many members of that Congress, and President John Adams, were founding fathers; no arguing about what their intentions were.

    January 31, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. curtther

    One guess he or she is a hard core conservative who would give the right for his buyer to have slaves again he they so deemed it.

    January 31, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. Theo

    Thank god someone stepped up and said no to this bill.

    January 31, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Shawn

    The constitution won today!!!

    January 31, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    A BUSH-APPOINTED judge strikes down parts of health care reform.

    There CNN, I fixed your headline for you.

    January 31, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Girl in the Middle

    And so it begins...and whod'uv thunk it...the south deciding what is and is not constitutional? Kind of like the southern states thought that SLAVERY was okay and used the constitution to justify it...could it be the beginning of the second seccession? I say let 'em go...see how long they last when all they have left is bitter infighting and back woods justice to solve their prolbems. Before anyone accuses me of "race baiting, and just for the record, I am a mid-40's caucasian legal professional living in the SW desert.

    January 31, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Rich Shirar

    Health care for more, less profit to insurance companies YES. Mandating purchase NO. Let's find some common sense in government and solve some problems.

    January 31, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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