Judge says mandate unconstitutional, winks at Tea Party | Arkansas Blog

Monday, January 31, 2011

Judge says mandate unconstitutional, winks at Tea Party

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Another federal judge ruled that the individual mandate portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Judge Roger Vinson, of the federal district court in Pensacola, made the ruling earlier today. He is the second federal judge to do so. Two federal judges, both appointed by our very own President Bill Clinton, have ruled to uphold the law. The New York Times has more details, but Slate's David Weigel found this little nugget contained in Vinson's ruling. Looks like a little bit of a Tea Party shout-out, does it not? From Vinson's opinion:

It is difficult to imagine that a nation which began, at least in part, as the result of opposition to a British mandate giving the East India Company a monopoly and imposing a nominal tax on all tea sold in America would have set out to create a government with the power to force people to buy tea in the first place.

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