It’s worthwhile to take note of the ruling yesterday in the Florida lawsuit against Obamacare. The judge wrote more than twenty pages of his ruling specifically stating that the fee imposed for not buying health insurance is a penalty and not a tax. Our federal government has been arguing that the healthcare fee is a tax, and therefore states cannot legally challenge Obamacare, because you cannot sue for a tax that has not been collected yet. As well as clarifying the penalty position, the judge also found the federal government’s use of the Commerce Clause to justify the individual health insurance mandate is unprecedented in American history.
Many other states have filed suit. Virginia, one of the first to challenge Obamacare, will argue on October 18th. These lawsuits are worth keeping up with, as our federal government continuously seeks to expand its powers unconstitutionally, to the detriment of our citizens.