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Breaking: Eleventh Circuit Rules Obamacare’s Individual Mandate is Unconstitutional – Forbes

Breaking: Eleventh Circuit Rules Obamacare’s Individual Mandate is Unconstitutional – Forbes.

This is a 300 pg. opinion, so more comments to follow.  11th Circuit decision on Constitutionality of Healthcare

Nice Quotes:

In sum, the individual mandate is breathtaking in its expansive scope. It
regulates those who have not entered the health care market at all. It regulates
those who have entered the health care market, but have not entered the insurance
market (and have no intention of doing so). It is overinclusive in when it regulates:
it conflates those who presently consume health care with those who will not
consume health care for many years into the future. The government’s position
amounts to an argument that the mere fact of an individual’s existence
substantially affects interstate commerce, and therefore Congress may regulate
them at every point of their life. This theory affords no limiting principles in
which to confine Congress’s enumerated power.

Ultimately, the government’s struggle to articulate cognizable, judicially administrable limiting principles only reiterates the conclusion we reach today:there are none.

The federal government’s assertion of power, under the Commerce Clause,
to issue an economic mandate for Americans to purchase insurance from a private
company for the entire duration of their lives is unprecedented, lacks cognizable
limits, and imperils our federalist structure.

After finding that the individual mandate is severable, because it is likely that Congress would have enacted the  the other provisions even without the mandate, the weakest part of the decision by far, the court does note that this seems to even be inconsistent with the Government position taken in the litigation:

We acknowledge that the government, in arguing for the individual mandate’s
constitutionality, stated summarily that the individual mandate cannot be severed from the Act’s
guaranteed issue and community rating provisions because the individual mandate “is integral to
those sections that . . . provide that insurers must extend coverage and set premiums without
regard to pre-existing medical conditions.” Government’s Reply Br. at 58. But as explained
above, whether a statutory provision is “integral” or “essential” to other provisions for
Commerce Clause analytical purposes is a question distinct from severability. And in any event,
the touchstone of severability analysis is legislative intent, not arguments made during litigation.

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Florida Health Care Lawsuit Update

Well, as I write this, the arguments are underway in federal court in Pensacola on the cross motions for summary judgment in the case challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare.  For those of you following this case closely, attached are the parties motions and responses that are being argued today:   Plaintiffs MSJ-Memo; Plaintiffs MSJREPLY ; Plaintiffs Resp MSJ-Memo ; US MSJ-Memo; US Resp MSJREPLY ; US Resp MSJ-Memo

I believe the individual mandate is again likely to be held unconstitutional, but that that is likely to be the only count so decided.

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Key count in health care lawsuit survives motion to dismiss

Today Judge Vinson issued his order on President Obama’s motion to dismiss in the health care lawsuit that Florida and other states have filed in the northern district. The key count, the unconstitutionality of the individual mandate requiring purchase of health care or a penalty survived, as did a coercion count in regard to the state participation in the federal health scheme. Several other counts were dismissed, because of existing Supreme Court precedent that cannot be changed but by the Supreme Court, but the individual mandate count surviving is key. Health Care Order on Motion to Dismiss

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David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey: Mandatory Insurance Is Unconstitutional – WSJ.com

David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey: Mandatory Insurance Is Unconstitutional – WSJ.com.

Newest article from WSJ discussing constitutionality of  mandatory insurance.

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