Though not a legal justification for the ruling in and of itself, the judge who found the health care law unconstitutional in its entirely used Obama’s own words against him in the final analysis, adding insult to injury:
In ruling against President Obamaâ€˜s health care law, federal Judge Roger Vinson used Mr. Obamaâ€˜s own position from the 2008 campaign against him, arguing that there are other ways to tackle health care short of requiring every American to purchase insurance.
â€œI note that in 2008, then-Senator Obama supported a health care reform proposal that did not include an individual mandate because he was at that time strongly opposed to the idea, stating that â€˜if a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house,â€™â€ Judge Vinson wrote in a footnote toward the end of the 78-page ruling Monday.
Judge Vinson, a federal judge in the northern district of Florida, struck down the entire health care law as unconstitutional on Monday, though he is allowing the Obama administration to continue to implement and enforce it while the government appeals his ruling.
The footnote was attached to the most critical part of Judge Vinsonâ€˜s ruling, in which he said the â€œprincipal disputeâ€ in the case was not whether Congress has the power to tackle health care, but whether it has the power to compel the purchase of insurance.
The White House — which is attempting to take over the health care industry, Constitution-be damned — called the ruling “judicial over-reaching.” They do love their over-reaching activist judges… unless it doesn’t go their way. The Obama administration accusing somebody of “over-reaching” is like Charlie Sheen saying you’re overdoing it on the partying.