Judge Roger Vinson ruled ObamaCare’s individual mandate unconstitutional a little over a month ago. Today, he came out chastising the Obama administration for going ahead and implementing the law anyway, and has given them a week to file a proper appeal of his original ruling.
Vinson criticized the Justice Department for not following normal procedure and requesting a stay.
“It was not expected that they would effectively ignore the order and declaratory judgment for two and one-half weeks, continue to implement the Act, and only then file a belated motion to ‘clarify,’” Vinson wrote.
Vinson is trying to push the government into quickly resolving the case, requiring them to file an expedited appeal to the 11th Circuit or Supreme Court. In his ruling, Vinson repeated what he has said previously — that “the citizens of this country have an interest in having this case resolved as soon as practically possible.”
Vinson seems to be giving the Obama admin a bottom line: Appeal in the next week or ObamaCare should not be implemented at all, per his own initial ruling.