Another Federal Judge Strikes Down PPACA as Unconstitutional

February 07, 2011, 02:18 PM

On January 31, 2011, Judge Roger Vinson of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida issued his ruling in a constitutional challenge to The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). In his 78 page summary judgment opinion, Judge Vinson struck down the PPACA as unconstitutional and a violation of the Commerce Clause. Perhaps most important in Judge Vinsons ruling was the conclusion that the individual mandate, which requires all Americans to obtain health insurance, is unconstitutional and inseverable from the remainder of the PPACA. Thus, the effect of Judge Vinsons ruling, if not overturned on appeal, would be to strike down the entire PPACA rather than simply invalidating the individual mandate. This case is undoubtedly on its way to the United States Supreme Court and we will continue to monitor the progress of this landmark constitutional law case. If you are interested in reading the opinion from Judge Vinson, click here. -Aaron J. Ambrose