Begins Hearing Arguments Of A Legal Challenge To The Constitutionality Of A New Medical Reform In The United States – Part 2 of 3
During an interview with a Tampa, Fla, TV station on Monday, after the Virginia judge’s decision, Obama said: “Keep in shrewdness this is one ruling by one federal district court. We’ve already had two federal district courts that have ruled that this is definitely constitutional. You’ve got one judge who disagreed. That’s the nature of these things”.
Earlier Monday, the federal settle sitting in Richmond, Va, ruled that the health-care legislation, signed into law by Obama in March, was unconstitutional, saying the federal government has no authority to require citizens to gain health insurance. The ruling was made by US District Judge Henry E Hudson, a Republican appointed by President George W Bush who had seemed sympathetic to to the state of Virginia’s case when oral arguments were heard in October, the Associated Press reported.
But as the Washington Post noted, Hudson did not take two additional steps that Virginia had requested. First, he ruled that the unconstitutionality of the insurance-requirement mandate did not use the rest of the law. And he did not grant an injunction that would have blocked the federal government’s efforts to implement the law. White House officials had said rearmost week that a negative ruling would not affect the law’s implementation because its major provisions don’t take effect until 2014.
Two weeks ago, a federal judge in nearby Lynchburg, Va, upheld the constitutionality of the condition insurance requirement, The New York Times reported. “Far from ‘inactivity,'” said Judge Norman K Moon, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, “by choosing to give up insurance, plaintiffs are making an economic decision to try to pay for health-care services later, out of pocket, rather than now, through the purchase of insurance”. A jiffy federal judge appointed by Clinton, a Democrat, has upheld the law as well, the Times said.