The full text of the decision from Federal Judge Roger Vinson is not available yet, but according to reporters who’ve seen the decision, he’s ruled the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. The ruling favors of the 26 state attorney generals challenging the law. The judge ruled the individual mandate that requires all Americans to purchase health insurance invalid and, according to the decision, “because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void.”
Next stop, the Supremes? If so, can we cut to the chase and find out Anthony Kennedy’s thoughts on the issue now?
Update: Byron York tweets, “Jim DeMint’s office now says all 47 Republican senators are co-sponsors of Obamacare repeal bill, S. 192.”
One way or another, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will likely be reminded of what the real third branch of the federal government is, in the not too distant future.
Meanwhile, according to Reuters, “Obama administration says will appeal Florida ruling on healthcare to U.S. appeals court,” oddly enough.
Much more from Allahpundit, who writes, “The more anti-ObamaCare lower court rulings there are, the more political cover Kennedy has to vote with the conservative wing of the Court if he’s so inclined. If.”