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. Sara

    Shame on that judge, GOP/Tea idiots and republicans jerks.

    January 31, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. DJ Burn

    Democrat VS Republican 2-2 Now is up to the Supreme Court to break the tie score in overtime to 5-4, the question is who is going to be the winner? Republicans, Democrats or the American people

    January 31, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Virginia Nielsen in FLORIDA

    Of course, a lot of judges are "conservative", meaning that like the Kock brothers and other Republicans, they don't care about me and the mediun class America. Shame on him!!!

    January 31, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. devin tabisz

    what about people who can not afford health insurance in that 4 years

    January 31, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. WessO

    ObamaCare is unconstitutional? Only a moron would be suprised by this bit of news.

    January 31, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Susan Metcalfe

    Why is it not an infringement on yourconstitution to have a law that mandates all motorists purchase MV insurance? Don't tell me it is not relevant to the conversation on health care. The American taxpayers deserve the same financial protection afforded accident victims in the case of a crash. Hell, have bodily PL/PD as a basic requirement if you feel you are impervious to the myriad of other health crises that suck the American economy dry. Travelling down the road of life is a lot more dangerous than a Sunday drive. Your American dream is a dark one when the condition of your SUV's trumps the condition of life and limb.

    January 31, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Patricia

    I am not worried. That was a politial move in Florida.
    The USA needs Healthcare reform.
    How many have to suffer so the wealthy can profit?

    January 31, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Patriots Salute the Flag! Traitors don't!!!

    YEAH MAN! Waht are we Demorcratic are under a Dictatorrship led by fools./ This Obamacar benefits no one but the ones who do not pay taxes to begin with.

    January 31, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    DAMN RIGHT it is unconstitutional! The best news this country has had in a long time. If the federal government could get away this this Obomination, it could have done ANYTHING to people. We would have essentially been rendered slaves of the state. All this from a black president and his leftist cohorts that praise freedom, yet legislate to destroy it and make every citizen a ward of the state.

    January 31, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. nyna konishi

    Wow..that is interesting.. becasue in Maryland it is mandatory to have drivers insurance when you drive a car or we get fined. Grant it you cant own a care if you don't have insurance but it is still mandated. I don't understand if we have all of these uninsured folks including illegals and they go to the hospital for care why is it alright for the rest of us to pay for thier medical expenses which you know we are paying for in taxes or medicare, etc. If you mandate health insurance wouldnt we be assured of minimizing the expesnse to hospital care, medicare, etc. in the long run even minimizing state taxes as well. I say if you cant afford health insurance then dont go to the doctor at all or pay for what you can afford and suppliment what you cant via some other resource. it has to be less expensive thatn what is going on. There are over 365,000 babies born to illegal immigrants every year in california alone and we are paying for these babies via medicare what in the world are we doing. Factor $10K per child born here that we are paying for via Medicar no wonder california is broke. The american people want affordable health care while it is not a perfect bill it at least was something.

    January 31, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. bill h

    I consider this good news. There were many things wrong with "Obamacare" – and those can be fixed with a replacement bill. Long as the next one has portability, interstate competition, pre-existing illness exemptions and tort reform in it you may be surprised to see the American public back it.

    But to turn the entire industry upside down to provide insurance for a handful of people (not to be confused with those who DON'T want insurance) is crazy.

    January 31, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. kenneth fusilier

    I bet that judge is a republican

    January 31, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. rob

    how about reporting what the parts are that were struck down by this judge.

    January 31, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. harry-o

    if its unconstitutional too make me buy health care,does that mean my state can;t make me buy car insurance ???

    January 31, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Marcus

    That should NOT be an issue (since all rulings of every and all judges in the US are deemed impartial until proved otherwise) but, thanks to the only judge before him who made a similar ruling, does this judge have any ties to any group that was against the ACA even before it was turned into law?
    If not, then it's a ruling to be respected until a higher instance decides (or not) to overturn it.
    If yes...

    January 31, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. mike4ever

    Why are all these people wasting tax payers money trying to stop something they know that is not going to happen. It is odd that these same states are cutting their own healthcare benefits in their states, which leaves more people uninsured. Who are going to pay those bills for the uninsured. The ones who have premiums that they are paying every month from their own premiums.

    By the time this get to the high courts if it get there, people will be enjoying all the benefits and be happy that those who can afford the premiums will be paying them. The republicans and teaparties convince people that it is okay not to make people pay for it because it goes against their rights. But not one time have they said that it goes against the rights of those who pay for insurance not to pay for those who are irresponsible. I guess the rights of paying insurance people are zero we just have to like it and accept it that it is our reponsibilty to protect the rights of those who are irresponsible. That seems a little backward to me. But I guess those who are too afraid to speak up should have to continue to pay high premiums every year for those who don't want to purchase insurance. Noneed to cry or holler if it comes true, open your eyes and look around and see what is going on.

    January 31, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Republicans = Fascists

    What else would you expect from a conservative judge from Florida nominated by Ronald Wilson Reagan? Republicans want the poor to "die quickly." Rep. Grayson hit the nail on the head when he made that comment last year on the House floor.

    January 31, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. Chuck

    Most of the opposition against Health Care reform originated from a pack of lies created by public relation and advertising firms hired to develop a plan to defeat it. "Death panels for Grandma,", "illegal aliens will get free health care" . "Health care rationing", "fines and jail if you don't purchase insurance" "the medical community opposes it". All of them lies. Every one of them. There are a lot more "lies" that were told about this legislature. All the while these lies were being told the Republican leadership (sic) smiled away and watched the gullible buy it hook line and sinker and dance in the streets like little puppets on string. Not one of them Bonehead, McDuffus, McClown, had the integrity or honesty to say to their constituents, these are lies, I oppose this legislation because.......No instead they sat back and laughed at you easily manipulated tools. They were getting what they wanted opposition to Obama and Health Care Reform, the truth doesn't matter. Just like running on reducing the deficit and balancing the budget. Republicans run on the same rhetoric every election. No president since Truman ever reduced the deficit or balanced the federal budget except one. He was not a republican. Clinton is the only one. But, you people keep voting for them based on the same story. You have to be a closed minded idiot to believe any of this crap republicans/conservatives spew. You can celebrate now. But in the end. This legislature will stand up to the opposition. It will be modified and ratified. But it is not going away. It is here to stay. Like it or not.

    January 31, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Crazy Harry

    Another loser republican judge putting politics over what's good for the people of Florida.

    When will this partisan crapola end?

    January 31, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Four and The Door

    Requiring Americans to buy health insurance sure seems like no big deal. But what is odd in the larger perspective is that this is a lousy bill that raises the cost of health care, pushed through congress with political payola and backroom deals and the American Federal Government has no way to pay for it all... and the individual mandate is what may bring the whole mess down. If this is not ironic enough, Obama is supposed to have taught Constitutional Law. This is precious.

    January 31, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    That was to be expected.

    January 31, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    This judge needs to read the Constitution – in particular, the part about government providing for the "general welfare" of its people and Congress' power to collect taxes.

    January 31, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. Travis Y

    You should be denied care if you don't purchase some sort of insurance by then. Not be forced to buy it. If you receive care then you should then billed or forced to buy in. I go to a hospital about once every 10 and I am 40. 200+ dollars a month is not for me. It just makes the coverage denying companies filthy rich. Prices are too high because GOP is getting too much money from these crooks. Cover my sickness or give me ALL the money back.

    January 31, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. Gretel

    This is after all the happiest day of the year!!!!!

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

    I notice the article did not include, "What many feel was pushed down their throats, the very unpopular law that a majority did not want, was struck down today."
    So now we wait for the supreme court. This will lessen the workload for the House to bring our out of control spending into check. What socialists do not understand is that piece of paper that as written a couple of centuries ago is the cornerstone of law here in the United States. The federal government is usurping powers that the states gave them, in a limited way. Maybe they will now get the hint of what we told them before ramming this piece of garbage legislation through. Most of the ones that did this are gone, (Good riddance Fiengold and Kagen) and more will be on the way out in less than 2 years.
    Didn't need Reid afterall.

    January 31, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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