Health Care on trial

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 7:30pm

Two federal judges have ruled in favor of the new healthcare law, and two have ruled against.
But the latest ruling is the most sweeping and sets up the endgame for the controversial law.
That’s right, we may be turning onto the homestretch for the healthcare reform law.
That’s because in baseball a tie goes to the runner, but in law, it goes to the Supreme Court.
Overhauling the nation’s health care system was always going to be controversial, but this hone has sparked a legal showdown.
Several Attorneys General have filed suit contending the law is unconstitutional, particularly the mandate that all citizens buy health coverage.
Two federal judges ruled in the administration’s favor, but the latest two have ruled against it.
But the Monday ruling from Judge Roger Vinson in Pensacola, Florida is the broadest yet.
He charged the individual mandate is not separable from the overall law, so the whole thing is unconstitutional.
The White House calls this judicial activism, but it means that the Supreme Court will inevitably hear the case.
Ad given the makeup of the court now, that ruling may well swing against the President with Justice Anthony Kennedy the likeliest swing vote.
And if the Supreme Court strikes down the healthcare law… we are back to square one.
The mandate doesn’t kick in until 2014, but many new regulations are already operating. But we should have a decision out of the high court long before than.
In the meantime, some Democrats are looking at alternatives to the individual mandate.
 

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