Jan 31, 2011

Federal judge strikes down ObamaCare law

A federal judge in Florida struck down Obama's landmark healthcare overhaul as unconstitutional in the biggest legal challenge yet to the federal authority to enact the law.

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson, appointed to the bench by Republican President Ronald Reagan, ruled that the reform law's so-called individual mandate went too far in requiring that Americans start buying health insurance in 2014 or pay a penalty.

The judge said "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."