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February 1st, 2011
08:36 AM ET

Health care takes blow from federal judge, heads to Supreme Court

(CNN) - A federal judge in Florida has tossed out the sweeping health care reform law championed by President Barack Obama, setting up what is likely to be a contentious Supreme Court challenge over the legislation in coming months. Monday's sweeping ruling came in the most closely watched of the two dozen separate challenges to the law. Florida along with 25 states had filed a lawsuit last spring, seeking to dismiss a law critics had labeled "Obamacare."

Unlike the judge who ruled the individual mandate unconstitutional last month, the federal judge in Florida, U.S. District Judge Robert Vinson, ruled that the unconstitutionality voided the entire act.

So what does this mean for your health care coverage today?

This morning on American Morning, CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin explains how the law stands today. He describes what parts of the law the judge ruled unconstitutional, why it may be the most far reaching ruling yet, and what happens next.


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  1. Tony

    @ Carol's segment on health care and government officials opting out.
    It's easy for these officials to opt out of the options this healthcare bill provides... They can afford to do so!!! Maybe we here in the U.S. should take note of the courage the protestors in Cairo are displaying and GET THOSE NUTS OUT OF OUR WHITE HOUSE...

    Tony
    Temple Hills, MD

    February 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  2. corneliusvansant

    The Tea Party is an organization of patriots who consider it a sacred duty to preserve liberty for their children, grandchildren and posterity; they are the beginning of the end for activist "Big Mother" cradle to grave Ponzi schemes. We care about returning to liberty and obedience to the Constitution without sophistry. Those that do not "get with the program," Big Government politicians, will be systematically neutralized each election day. People of all colors and creeds are coming down on the side of freedom.

    Many politicians have rationalized that the Commerce Clause and the 16th Amendment (IRS) give them the authority to make any law that can be associated with "commerce." Even remote two-step thinking: If he does this, then he might do that, rationale. This is usurpation – making unauthorized (and oppressive freedom robbing) laws. Liberty has become dependent on what the meaning of is, is.

    To illustrate why this is so, ask a big government politician exactly: What powers are retained by the states and the people? (10th Amendment of the Bill of Rights) – They have no answer. Ask how, if this is a "free country," they can just "take" (the kindest word for it) private property to redistribute?

    February 1, 2011 at 10:33 am |
  3. Quinn Algiers

    go gojo: " to stupid" perhaps you are proving them correct.

    February 1, 2011 at 9:35 am |
  4. go gojo's

    I think the judge is right with the broccoli the guys and gals in Washington want one thing more control over us. They think we are to stupid to run our own life's. Us next stop full government control over everything.

    February 1, 2011 at 9:03 am |