Florida Republicans rejoice over GOP supporting Judge ruling health care mandate unconstitutional in Virginia health care suit

Which is why it's completely disengenous when you hear Republicans say that if it could be done over, they would keep some of the more popular parts of the bill intact.  Banning insurance companies from denying patience because of pre-existing conditions has always been considered one of the most popular parts of the health care law - but it won't be possible to keep it in without the mandate, since those insurance companies want to spread the risk out by insuring as many people as possible, including young males, especially, who frequently might go years without seeing a doctor unless they had a sudden illness or injury.

The New York Times quotes an administration officially anonymously say that other provisions could still be maintained without the individual mandate:

officials said other innovations, including a vast expansion of Medicaid eligibility and the sale of subsidized insurance policies through state-based exchanges, would withstand even a Supreme Court ruling against the insurance mandate.

“It’s our strongly held view that those provisions survive” in judicial decisions invalidating the insurance requirement, one administration official said, speaking anonymously because he was not authorized to discuss the case publicly.

Coincidentally, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll released hours after Judge Hudson's ruling shows that the health care law has never been more unpopular, with 44% supporting it and 52% in opposition.

And it's come to our attention that the individual mandate also polls exceedingly poorly, with a Kaiser Family Foundation survey showing that 70% want that provision to go away.

The responses are coming from all over the state today as Florida  Republicans are rejoicing in the wake of the decision by a  federal district judge in Virginia  that the individual mandate  provision in the federal  health care law signed by President Obama earlier this year is unconstitutional.  Today's ruling is the first any part of the health care reform law has been struck down, of the 15 cases that have come before various courts.

Florida Attorney General-elect Pam Bondi:  "While it is only the first step in a long process, today's decision is a

needed reminder that the Constitution places enforceable limits on the federal government's power.  As the Virginia and Florida cases move forward, I will continue to stand up for Floridians against a law that is both unconstitutional and unaffordable."

The Florida case that has been pushed by current AG Bill McCollum is pending in a Federal District Court in Pensacola, and a summary judgment is scheduled for this Thursday morning.

Long before Rick Scott decided to run for governor, he's been a strong advocate against any type of federal takeover of health care, campaigning against the Clinton's in the 90's, and last year with his group,  Conservatives for Patience Rights. He called the decision today "great for Floridians and for Americans everywhere," adding "ObamaCare is the biggest job killer in the history of this country and this decision will go a long way toward restoring the certainty businesses need to start hiring and restoring some sanity to the federal government."

Florida's GOP U.S. Senator George LeMieux said, I commend the decision and hope for a similar ruling in the state of Florida’s legal challenge,” LeMieux said. “While an ultimate decision will likely be left to the Supreme Court, today’s ruling is an important step in defending a fundamental principle of our constitutional system—a limited federal government.”

A similar law suit has been filed by McCollum and 19 other Attorneys General that will be heard Thursday in Pensacola, in one of the most conservative parts of the state. (the judge there, Roger Vinson, is like the judge in  Virginia, Henry E. Hudson,  a George W. Bush appointee).  Obama officials have said that the provision to insure that health care organizations can no longer screen for pre-existing conditions will not survive if the individual mandate is thrown out (a mandate that many liberals have also taken issue with).  (And we've just learned that Judge Hudson also contributed tens of thousands of dollars to a GOP backed group who opposed the health care law).


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