Federal judge tosses out sweeping health care reform act
January 31st, 2011
05:22 PM ET
12 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. ThinkAgain

    All those who believe that being required to carry insurance is unconstitutional – just like you have to when you own a car – will simply have to carry ID with them at all times stating that they've opted out.

    So that when they get sick or are in an accident, the doctors can decide whether to treat them. You know, since you won't have coverage, you might not be able to pay and since all you folks against health care reform need to care more about money than people, you need to start walking your talk and taking the consequences.

    January 31, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Mason

    Great news. Either get rid of it through legal means or strip it clean of funding. Just get rid of that Pig – Obamacare. We can't afford it and everyone knows it. The idea that it would ever save us money is the laugh in itself.

    January 31, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. Common Sense

    No surprise here just COMMON SENSE.

    January 31, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Rickster

    Of course the judge struck this down. Only a complete idiot couldn't see that it was unconstitutional.

    January 31, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. livingfortruth

    When you drive a car, you can impact others in an adverse way, including killing them, when you don't have health insurance, you pay the health service you go to directly for services for you. If you don't understand that, you should not be driving, nor complaining here.
    Socialists stink.

    January 31, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Joe

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

    Driving is a privilege. You have no Constitutional right to drive. Living is a right. You have a Constitutional right to live.

    January 31, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. Sara

    Where was our right when that Alzheimer Reagan forced us to pay who ever is showing up in emergency room?

    From now on, if we are to have republican President ever, we will not compromise. These Tea idiots and Republican party should not get any support from us...........

    January 31, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. Sees All Evil

    Are we going to let the rethugs take our healthcare away? time to take to the streets America!

    January 31, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. jbh


    Because car insurance is not mandatory.

    January 31, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Sara

    If anyone wants to drive should have insurance and if anyone wants breath must have a insurance, period..........

    January 31, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. karen mcgowan

    Thank you judge!! I am unemployed and having a hard time paying rent. Tell me how the government expects me to purchase insurance or suffer the consequence by being fined? Working class people always get the shaft! For example: crackhead gets beaten for stealing, ends up a quadriplegic, recieves medicare AND medicaid AND $1500.00 a month, AND in-home healthcare that costs an additional $ 3,000.00 a month, whom NEVER PAID A DIME IN TAXES!!!!!!! Forgot to mention food stamps, section 8 housing. What's wrong with this country for tearing down the hard working people who have contributed????

    January 31, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. brnzartist

    The Obama presidency is dead and stinkin. You can write it down. The guy is a one-hit wonder.

    January 31, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. duh

    IF......IF.......IF YOU WANT TO DRIVE A CAR YOU HAVE TO HAVE INSURANCE. IF YOU RIDE A BUS EVERYDAY YOU DONT NEED INSURANCE. WHAT DONT PEOPLE DONT UNDERSTAND ABOUT THIS. if you really think that these two are the same thing then what you are saying is that if you dont have health insurance then you are not entitled to health care. and you really think that is better than it is now. that is a huge step backwards.

    January 31, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. brnzartist

    The federal government makes no law requiring auto insurance! What's wrong with you people??

    January 31, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I think the FL judge threw the entire 2000 bill out, based on his interpretation of the 'mandate.' He obviously has not attended one of Scalia's constitutional classes for baggers.

    January 31, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. livingfortruth

    You are so nice. Glad you got the message from Prez. Obama about being civil.

    January 31, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. brnzartist

    Car insurance laws are STATE laws!!!!!

    January 31, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. eli

    Thank god there is still common sense judges in US, every other judge is a society driven idiot. Especially them morons in the 9th circuit.

    January 31, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Matt

    The US Constitution as it applies to the Federal Government does not allow such mandates...
    The State Constitutions, on the other hand, usually do have this power, in the instance of making you pay for auto insurance.

    January 31, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. Lynne

    But, maybe if EVERYONE had insurance, it would spread the cost and premiums would come down because we wouldn't be paying for uninsured people. What a novel idea! Oh, wait. Isn't that what the HCB is trying to accomplish? I for one am sick of the ever increasing rates the insurance companies have been shoving down our throats for the past 11 years. Now, if we could only get rid of the CEO overhead costs (millions in salaries and bonuses), we could save a lot more.

    January 31, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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