Here’s the linkage, and of course I will discuss all the details on Tammy Radio. This care relates to the Virginia challenge (thanks Virginia!!). Next Thursday a judge in Florida hears arguments in the challenge brought by 20 states. This is a good start but we have a long way to go. More soon.
A federal judge ruled Monday that a central plank of the health law violates the Constitution, dealing the biggest setback yet to the Obama administration’s signature legislative accomplishment.
In a 42-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson said the law’s requirement that most Americans carry insurance or pay a penalty “exceeds the constitutional boundaries of congressional power.” […]
Judge Hudson, of the Eastern District of Virginia, said the individual mandate “would invite unbridled exercise of federal police powers.”
He added: “At its core, this dispute is not simply about regulating the business of insurance—or crafting a scheme of universal health insurance coverage—it’s about an individual’s right to choose to participate.”
Separately, federal Judge Roger Vinson in Pensacola, Fla., will hear arguments Thursday in a challenge brought by officials in 20 states, and he could offer the clearest indication yet of how he will rule.
Judge Hudson, btw, is also the judge who sentenced dog murderer Michael Vick to prison.