Bob Barr in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 2:
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson issued a 78-page ruling finding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – more commonly known as “ObamaCare” – to be unconstitutional. His ruling goes beyond even that issued in December by Judge Henry Hudson in another suit challenging the law, brought by Virginia’s attorney general.
One has to search long and hard before one finds a federal case declaring an act of Congress unconstitutional because it exceeded the so-called “commerce clause” powers afforded the Congress in Article I of the Constitution. But this latest decision found this to have been precisely the case. This is a welcome decision and one long overdue. We can only hope that Judge Vinson’s sound constitutional analysis is upheld when the U.S. Supreme Court decides this matter, as it almost certainly will in the near future. If it does, the constitutional principle of limited and enumerated federal government powers will have …read more….