Federal judge rules against the ACA

Judge Roger Vinson of the U.S. District Court in Pensacola, Florida, ruled today on a lawsuit brought by governors and attorneys general from 26 states regarding the so called “individual mandate.” Judge Vinson found unconstitutional the provision that individuals who can afford it must purchase health care in 2014 or pay a penalty. He further ruled that the whole law would be struck down because this portion cannot legally be separated from the rest of the provisions. Two other district court judges have rejected challenges to the law’s requirement that Americans start buying health insurance in 2014. It is highly likely that this case will be appealed and ultimately resolved by the Supreme Court.

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