Health Care Reform Lawsuit Not Blocked By Courts

An attempt by multiple states to sue to undo healthcare reform will move forward now, with Florida Judge Roger Vinson agreeing that the case will be heard in mid-December.

Via Wall Street Journal:

[A] federal judge in Pensacola, Fla., has ruled that 20 U.S. states can proceed with their lawsuit seeking to overturn President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare reform law.

Click here for the 65-page opinion; here for all earlier LB coverage of the suit, which was filed the same day Obama signed the bill into law.

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson had already indicated at a hearing last month that he would reject parts of a motion by the Justice Department to dismiss the lawsuit, led by Florida and 19 other states.

But in his formal ruling on Thursday, Vinson said the case would continue as scheduled. He had previously set a hearing for Dec. 16.


States seeking to sue against mandated reform argue that it violates the 10th amendment’s guarantee of state’s rights, and that mandating all citizens have healthcare coverage or pay a penalty goes against the commerce clause.

Judge Vinson was a President Ronald Reagan appointee who also occasionally serves as a visiting judge in Texas.


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Hannah Roonie
Hannah Roonie6 years ago

Jackie R, unfortunately, this bill is not a "start" to build with toward acceptable and adequate health care. It is a "DONE DEAL" and all we know about it, is that if we can't buy a policy, we will be fined (taxed). If you are a working person, that is. So what is different??? As a tax payer, you already pay a penalty for all who do not have a job or insurance. So now you and your children will pay a double penalty. No one,,no agency, no part of government is giving you or yours anything. It is a LIE. I had hoped for better. The people negotiating for insurance NOW are finding themselves in a deep pile of worms. The fines are far cheaper than actual insurance and I haven't yet seen just what you get for the tax (fine) that you will have to pay. This bill "gives" nothing to you or your children,,

Jane R.
Jane R.6 years ago

This Health Care Reform will not benefit anyone! It will only cause people who can't afford insurance to suffer more.

Jackie R. R.
Jackie R. R.6 years ago

I support this bill because it is a START in the right direction! My children cannot afford health insurance (hard working and in their forties). I've got mine because I,m elderly!

Jennifer K.
Jennifer K.6 years ago

I'm all about universal health care...just not this one. FINE me for not having health insurance? I can't afford the insurance I have now! I'd even be willing to let them tax me (I pay 160 dollars a month now for insurance, tax me that amount) and give me FREE health care.

Hannah Roonie
Hannah Roonie6 years ago

Being against this bill and supporting the law suits Does Not mean being against universal health care. It means I do not support the 2,000 + pages in this convoluted piece of garbage bill. This bill gives you NOTHING. It forces everyone to buy their own insurance or pay fines.

Yes there are points of value in this bill, but the majority of it is unconstitutional and is unsupportable by the states. You want relief, I want relief but this bill is NOT it. Pelosi and Reid have sold Obama a bill of goods that is wrong. .

Marti Williams
Marti Williams6 years ago

I guess the majority of the people want the less healthy to go off quietly & die &get it over wit...we(society) can't be bothered...unless it is their old, sick, or chronically ill family member..."Logan's Run" seems closer & closer to the reality of the Tea Party/Republicans...well...they will have all the money...because there will be no one to spend it on because we will be obliged to get out of the way to save money...and die !!

Mary Alexander
Mary Alexander6 years ago

As long as we continue to have health care insurance companies control everything we will continue to pay for it. I not saying the health care bill is the best but it is a start. We need people in the senate and House that wants to help the American people not the big companies. If this bill is against the commerce clause. Why do we have to buy car insurance? Doesn't that also falls within the same clause? Just wondering.

Roger R.
Past Member 6 years ago


Deborah Kampfer
Deborah Vitek6 years ago

And Lynn Porter, it is not "Jesus" that we need, it is the goddess. The only thing that could change the world would be a switch from the all male idea of deity, thinking and ideals (greed, anger, war, meanness, no respect for women, etc.) to one that was balanced with the female deity as it was 10,000 or more years ago.

The terrible downfall of civilization began when the female deity was removed from spirituality. If you actually read and study, you will realize, that although we have more "stuff" our quality of life has done nothing but decline for thousands of years.

Deborah Kampfer
Deborah Vitek6 years ago

Dear Past Member....I am a Canadian and although our health care program does have problems, we work them out and it is a viable, healthy system that works far, far better than the U.S. system....and I know that for a fact because I worked in the U.S. system for 20 years, until 2001.

Of course the states are filing lawsuits and if anyone could research deep enough they are probably actually filed by the health insurance companies. Health care in the U.S. is big business and nothing else. It is greedy and profit motivated. The only way the system there will change is if, on a chosen date, every single person in the U.S. resigns from their health insurance company!

And, Past Member, I had some of the best health insurance the U.S. had to offer as my husband was a NASA engineer, but when he got multiple sclerosis, they found a way to get out of paying for ALMOST EVERYTHING and yes, we were close to bankruptcy when we finally had the great good sense to move to Canada where his care cost way, way less even though at the time, we were not covered by Canada Health because we were still immigrating.

The U.S. is in a terrible mess due to health care and you all have no idea how much this shapes everything you do!

The population of the U.S. is held hostage by the greedy health care industry.