Judge Rejects Obamacare 'Individual Mandate'

, The Legal Intelligencer


Dealing a setback to the Obama administration, a federal judge in Harrisburg has struck down several provisions of the Affordable Care Act after concluding that the law's "individual mandate" is an unconstitutional extension of Congress's authority under the Commerce Clause.

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  • writerinfact

    I continue to be dismayed by the idea that Congress believes it has the authority to require me to purchase something - anything - when I am financially unable to do so. In plain words, I do not have sufficient income to pay for food and housing, let alone such luxuries as soap, toilet paper, and toothpaste. On the other hand, since I do not currently have health insurance, and have not had for quite some time, I'm sure there are preexisting conditions about which I am unaware - or not - which would therefore preclude my obtaining new health insurance, even if I could afford to pay for it. Paradoxical, indeed.

  • Mary Wagner

    I was dismayed to find that the Legal Intelligencer referred to the Affordable Care Act as "Obamacare" in the 9/13/2011 headline reporting that a Federal Judge struck down portions of the Act. To me, that term carries the tone of disrespect better suited to Republican Presidential Debates. As the oldest law journal in the US, I expect the Legal to use a more respectful tone or at least the proper name of the statute when discussing this piece of legislation.

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