11th Circuit Appeals Court Finds Obamacare Unconstitutional …Update: White House Disagrees
An appeals court in Atlanta ruled that Obamacare was unconstitutional and that the government cannot force Americans to buy the democrat’s healthcare insurance plan.
Reuters reported, via Free Republic:
An appeals court ruled on Friday that President Barack Obama’s healthcare law requiring Americans to buy healthcare insurance or face a penalty was unconstitutional, a blow to the White House.
The Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, found that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but also ruled that the rest of the wide-ranging law could remain in effect.
The legality of the so-called individual mandate, a cornerstone of the healthcare law, is widely expected to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Obama administration has defended the provision as constitutional.
Here is the opinion.
UPDATE: The Obama White House disagreed with today’s ruling.
The AP reported:
Obama adviser Stephanie Cutter says the White House strongly disagrees with an appeals court ruling Friday that struck down the insurance requirement at the center of a law.
She says the White House is confident that ruling will not stand.
Cutter notes on the White House blog that four other courts, including a different appeals court, has upheld the law.