Florida Judge expected to rule in critical health care reform case

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January 31, 2011

PENSACOLA, Florida: A Federal judge is expected to deliver a highly-anticipated verdict to determine the constitutionality of critical piece of President Barack Obama's controversial health care reform measure on Monday, January 31st, 2011.[1] The case in question was initially filed by Republican Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and nineteen other state attorneys general; since the midterm elections, six other states, including Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin has joined in challenging the legality of the newly enacted health care law.

Numerous legal analysts believe that Justice Clyde Roger Vinson will strike down the "individual mandate," a provision of the Affordable Patient Protection Act of 2009 that requires all individuals to purchase health care coverage, after he stated last month that he believed it exceeded "the constitutional boundaries of congressional power."[2] Since the "individual mandate" "collects most of the money that is supposed to flow into the system from millions of additional participants," analysts contended, the loss of this portion of the law makes its execution "severely compromised and could rock the foundation of other provisions in the legislation."[3]

Even after the verdict is delivered in this critical case, this will hardly constitute the end of the legal wrangling over health care reform in America. Many anticipate the determination over the constitutionality of the measure will be decided by the United States Supreme Court; it is just a matter of when that will occur.

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