For the second time a United States Federal court judge has ruled that the Affordable Care Act, signed by President Barack Obama in March 2010, violates the US constitution. Federal Judge Roger Vinson of Florida ruled on Monday, January 31, 2011, that the healthcare reform legislation is unconstitutional because the mandate; requiring all Americans to buy health insurance or face penalties exceeds congressional power.
In December, Judge Henry Hudson of the Eastern District of Virginia was the first US Federal Judge to declare the healthcare reform law unconstitutional. So far 12 Federal Judges have discarded challenges to the legislation and 2 have upheld them. President Obama, in his January 2011 State of the Union Address, said that he is open to ideas on how to improve the healthcare law. In the occurrence of a congressional repeal of the Affordable Care Act, it is likely that President Obama would veto the repeal to uphold his legislation.
Starting in 2014, any US citizen not covered by either an employer, government, or individual healthcare program may be fined by the IRS. Penalties for individuals who choose not to purchase health insurance will start at $325 can go up to 2 percent of the individual’s annual income. Penalties for employers who choose not to purchase health insurance for full time employees will face annual penalties ranging from $750 to $2,000 per employee. Attorneys of the Obama Administration argue that the government can levy a tax penalty on Americans who do not purchase health insurance because all Americans are consumers of medical care.
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References: Zink, Janet, and Alex Bureau. “Federal Judge in Florida Says Healthcare Law Is Unconstitutional.” Miami Herald. Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau, 01 Feb. 2011. Web. 01 Feb. 2011. .  Sahadi, Jeanne. “Health Care Reform: Where the Money Will Come from – Mar. 20, 2010.” Business, Financial, Personal Finance News – CNNMoney.com. 20 Mar. 2010. Web. 04 Feb. 2011.
Although their is an obvious difference between states rights and federal supremacy, why is it unconstitutional to mandate the purchase of health insurance, but many states mandate the purchase of car insurance?
Same reasoning, just insuring different things. Not exactly sending the same message. Either make it mandatory to buy health insurance, like car insurance, or deem the mandate to purchase insurance (of any kind) unconstitutional across the board.