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* Judge would be second to rule law unconstitutional
* Ruling marks major challenge to federal authority
* Judge may seek to invalidate law, order injunction
By Tom Brown
MIAMI, Jan 31 (Reuters) - A Florida judge could on Monday become the second U.S. judge to declare President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law unconstitutional, in the biggest legal challenge yet to federal authority to enact the law.
The judge, Roger Vinson of the U.S. District Court in Pensacola, Florida, was expected to rule on a lawsuit brought by governors and attorneys general from 26 U.S. states, almost all of whom are Republicans. Obama is a Democrat.
The plaintiffs represent more than half the U.S. states, so the Pensacola case has more prominence than some two dozen lawsuits filed in federal courts over the healthcare law.
No specific time has been given for Vinson's ruling, which was unlikely to end the legal wrangling over the contentious reform law, which could well reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
But an aide said he was determined to issue his opinion in the course of Monday on the suit filed on March 23, 2010, just hours after Obama signed the reform into law.
The healthcare overhaul, a cornerstone of Obama's presidency, aims to expand health insurance to cover millions of uninsured Americans while also curbing costs. Administration officials insist it is constitutional and needed to stem huge projected increases in healthcare costs.
Two other district court judges have rejected challenges to the "individual mandate," the law's requirement that Americans start buying health insurance in 2014 or pay a penalty.
But a federal district judge in Richmond, Virginia, last month struck down that central provision of the law in a case in that state, saying it invited an "unbridled exercise of federal police powers."
The provision is key to the law's mission of covering more than 30 million uninsured. Officials argue it is only by requiring healthy people to purchase policies that they can help pay for reforms, including a mandate that individuals with pre-existing medical conditions cannot be refused coverage.
'WITHOUT PRIOR PRECEDENT'
Vinson has suggested strongly that he too will rule the individual mandate oversteps constitutional limits on federal authority. He may also move to invalidate the entire law, by granting the plaintiff states' request for an injunction to halt its implementation.
"The power that the individual mandate seeks to harness is simply without prior precedent," Vinson wrote in an earlier opinion in October.
We CAN fight this healthcare law on two fronts. They can't implement it if they can't fund it. Tell your Congressperson:
1. Don't raise the debt ceiling.
2. De-fund Obamacare.
Starve it of money!
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I agree- let's make sure to let them know we do not want the debt ceiling raised- they are saying that not raising the ceiling will cause us to default on our debt- I say we are going to default anyway- this just delays it. Also- you are right- if we let them raise the debt ceiling, they can fund OBAMACARE!
Never would have happened with founding fathers at the helm.
And those in congress would be impeached and removed for incompetence or for misdemeanors or high crimes.
Dan Williams you are correct on all counts. Yes Yes Yes...
It could also be that government has grown too big and the media too political and the people too complacent (sp).
Don't stop asking the questions. We need to keep replacing elected officials until they perform as the servents and representatives they claim to be. We need to enact the Term Limits to make these temporary positions without long term benefits. Like the military, it should be an honor and a privaledge to serve your country.
Our Military is doing all they can, but when you have JA's like Mr. Obummer that doesn't want to increase our Military and is consistently not giving them what they need to fight the stupid war's that we are in. He is trying to make a smaller budget where the Military is concerned. Look at LTC Lakin, he tried to stand up for America...How many stood with him? He got court marshalled and is spending time in prison. This was wrong. If we truly were as dedicated as back when our Fore Fathers were taking action this would not have happened.
Everyone here is entitled to their own opinions but sometimes someone will put something on that can open our eyes if we should just listen and think about it.