|Published:||Feb 01, 2011 4:46 AM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 01, 2011 1:46 AM EST|
The Justice Department says it will appeal a Florida judge's ruling against President Obama's Health Care Reform. Monday, a Federal Judge in Pensacola ruled the law unconstitutional.
Judge Roger Vinson shot down the plan saying the government would be violating Americans' rights by forcing them to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. It's a big victory for Republicans and those opposed to the president's Health Care Reform.
Pensacola Federal Judge Roger Vinson handed at least a partial victory to the 26 states suing to block Health Care Reform. Vinson called it unconstitutional, saying the Government is overstepping its boundaries, forcing Americans to buy health insurance in the next 3 years or face penalties.
“The Judge understands what most Americans understand,” Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said, “and that is that our Constitution insures there are limitations on Congressional power.”
In his 78-page ruling, Judge Vinson said, "Because the individual mandate (to buy insurance) is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire act must be declared void."
“We all know we need health care, but this in not the way,” Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said. “It's non-severable and that's what the judge said today."
The Obama Administration maintains it has the power to require Americans to buy insurance. It plans to appeal the ruling. Also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the goal of this law is to grant millions of Americans health insurance while cutting health care costs.
Monday's decision doesn't mean the law is stopped in its tracks. It will remain in effect as the case makes its way through the appeals process, which could take up to 2 years.
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