In his ruling Monday, U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson said he had no choice but to invalidate President Obama’s healthcare overhaul.
“The existing problems in our national health care system are recognized by everyone in this case,” Vinson wrote in the 78-page ruling. “Regardless of how laudable its attempts may have been to accomplish these goals in passing the Act, Congress must operate within the bounds established by the Constitution. … I must reluctantly conclude that Congress exceeded the bounds of its authority in passing the Act with the individual mandate.”
Vinson’s widely anticipated decision goes beyond a separate ruling by a federal judge in Virginia who last year ruled only that the insurance mandate is unconstitutional.
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— Noam N. Levey and David G. Savage