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January 31, 2011


Judge Rules Health Care Law Unconstitutional

President Obama's health care reform legislation was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge, Bloomberg reports.

Key section of ruling: "In the final analysis, this Act has been analogized to a finely crafted watch, and that seems to fit. It has approximately 450 separate pieces, but one essential piece (the individual mandate) is defective and must be removed. It cannot function as originally designed. ... I must conclude that the individual mandate and the remaining provisions are all inextricably bound together in purpose and must stand or fall as a single unit. The individual mandate cannot be severed."

The New York Times notes today's ruling evens the score "at two-to-two in the lower courts as the conflicting opinions begin their path to the Supreme court."

Here's the full ruling via Dave Weigel:

Vinson opinion












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