Obamacare goes down in Virginia

A federal judge in Virginia declared Obama’s healthcare law unconstitutional today.

Here’s the opinion of Henry E. Hudson

Comments

  1. No shock there….Hudson was a GW Bush appointee.

    Ultimately though, I think the federal government’s argument that the mandate is a tax is a loser, especially if it ends up in front of the SCOTUS.

  2. I agree. It doesn’t feel like one that SCOTUS – at least this SCOTUS – would slide through.

    That law was such a lost opportunity. No, I’m not talking about the chance for a single-payer system; I’m talking about the chance for real reform. I still think about my bill of $78.88 for a tube of generic triple antibiotic ointment and shake my head.

  3. So say the Supreme Court strikes down the mandate… what happens then? Much of the rest of the bill only works if some sort of mandate is in place (even if it is a weak one). If you have no pre-existing conditions but no mandate, obviously anyone with half a brain will just get insurance after they are sick.

    I’d like to think that the interdependence of the various provisions just means that the entire bill gets thrown out, but that seems way too good to be true. Is there any specific language in the bill regarding what happens if any one piece is found to be unconstitutional?

  4. I saw this yesterday and thought it interesting. You might check out the links.

  5. “If you have no pre-existing conditions but no mandate, obviously anyone with half a brain will just get insurance after they are sick.”

    Unless you’re capable of self diagnosis, your sickness will be diagnosed by a doctor. Your sickness now qualifies as a pre-existing condition.

  6. ” If you have no pre-existing conditions but no mandate, obviously anyone with half a brain will just get insurance after they are sick.”

    Unless you are capable of self diagnosis, your sickness will be diagnosed by a doctor. Your sickness now qualifies as a pre-existing condition.

  7. Ryan Morgan says:

    Wow, that is fascinating and potentially great news for America. Still, I don’t think I will believe that the whole law will be thrown out until after it actually happens.

  8. Silenced again. 🙂

  9. One could only hope. I have often explained that the details of the spam filter elude me.

    BTW – received from Dan R. :

    A commenter requests deletion of a comment on your post #11091 “Obamacare goes down in Virginia”. The comment has been moved to the moderation queue.
    The reason given is: I\’m no longer being silenced … I think. Actually I don\’t know what to think. The host enjoys playing games with with those who challenge her. This is not a forum for debate, it\’s a dictatorship.

    Dude, there’s a word I’d love to use to describe you, but I try to keep it clean. Forgive me for having a life outside of clearing your pathetic babble.

  10. I’m sorry that what I have to contribute isn’t flattering to you. When I first stumbled across your site I thought I found a conservative who was interested in truth seeking and also respectful to opposing points of view. I was wrong.

  11. Boo hoo hoo. You’re just very gnat-like, that’s all. If I thought for a moment you had an original idea it would be interesting, but you’re spitting out the same old same old. It gets really dull.

    I have no need to be affirmed by you. Flatter yourself on someone else’s dime.