Today in Florida U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson declared President Obama’s health care reform bill unconstitutional, referring to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s so-called “individual mandate” declaring it went too far in requiring that Americans start buying health insurance in 2014 or pay a penalty.
“Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire act must be declared void. This has been a difficult decision to reach, and I am aware that it will have indeterminable implications,” Vinson wrote.
“It is clear the federal government overstepped its constitutional authority by mandating individual citizens purchase health insurance. “ Wimmer said. “ I applaud Judge Vinson’s ruling, this is victory for individual and states rights. Utah will continue to lead the nation in the fight to nullify unconstitutional federal laws.
In 2010, Representative Wimmer sponsored House Bill 67, which prohibited any state agency or department from implementing federal health care reform passed by the United States Congress after March 1, 2010 unless a state agency reports to the Legislature regarding costs and impact on state reform efforts. The bill was signed into law by Governor Gary R. Herbert March 22, 2010. HB 67 also prohibits an individual in the state from being required to purchase health insurance.
Last month a federal district judge in Richmond, Virginia, struck down that central provision of the law in a case in that state, saying it invited an “unbridled exercise of federal police powers.”