Two items of note today, twenty four hours removed from Judge Vinson’s decision striking down Obamacare. This morning I had an extended conversation with David Hogberg of Investor’s Business Daily regarding the Florida decision on Obamacare. I’d encourage you to listen and to read this excellent post from Avik Roy, one of Heartland’s health policy experts:
Judge Vinson has penned a persuasive, well-researched, and tightly-reasoned opinion, one that will surely have some impact on what the Supreme Court eventually ends up doing. Judge Vinson marshals statements from both sides to show that PPACA indeed represents an unprecedented expansion of federal power, one that, if upheld, makes it difficult to argue that the Constitution restrains Congress in any way. Equally importantly, he points out that even the White House believes that the PPACA’s other provisions will destabilize the health insurance market without an individual mandate, thereby making it difficult to uphold the rest of PPACA in the mandate’s absence.