Today, in a landmark decision, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson struck down parts of the new federal health care law. Specifically, Hudson declared the mandate that all individuals buy health insurance unconstitutional.
“This won’t be the final round,” remarked Virginia’s attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, who filed the case, “but today is a critical milestone in the protection of the Constitution.”
Judge Hudson wrote in his statement, “This broad definition of the economic activity subject to congressional regulation lacks logical limitation and is unsupported by previous legal cases around the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.”
While the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately decide the fate of the individual mandate in the health care law, the judge’s statement echoes the sentiment of many Americans that the broad reach of the federal government through mandates has become an increasingly slippery slope.
This is an important victory for those of us who value individual liberty and freedom of choice in health care.
Kentucky’s governor and attorney general have chosen not to uphold their constitutional duty to protect the commonwealth’s citizens from Washington’s heavy handedness. Thank goodness Vriginia’s leaders stepped forward and forced the issue.
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