The Federal Government has no authority to force you to buy something, specifically health insurance with qualities that they think you should buy.
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that the health care reform law’s requirement that nearly all Americans buy insurance is unconstitutional, a striking blow to the legislation.
The suit was brought by 26 states — nearly all led by Republican governors and attorneys general. The Department of Justice is expected to appeal.
Of course we know the DoJ will appeal. It gives them something to do to avoid answering questions about Operation Fast and Furious and their botched prosecution of voter intimidation by the Black Panthers.
This has always been one of the things that makes this kind of scheme unworkable. The pie-in-the-sky projections about “bending the cost curve down” – which would never have happened in any case, as even the supporters are finally admitting – only sounded “reasonable” if everyone could be forced to buy the government health plans. The argument many of us had from the word go was that this wasn’t within the power of the federal government and now the 11th Circuit has agreed. Unless they come up with something that shows the 11th missed something in their legal analysis, Obamacare might be headed for a bit of bad road on the way to the Supreme Court.