The lawsuit brought by 20 states against ObamaCare marched forward Tuesday when a federal judge in Florida refused to grant the administration’s request to dismiss the case.
U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson said he probably would dismiss parts of the lawsuit and issue a ruling by Oct. 14. But it sure sounded like the meat of the action, which claims Democrats’ health care takeover is unconstitutional, will go forward. And how could it not when the Justice Department’s main argument for dismissal was so lame?
“This court is free to disagree with Congress’ policy judgments, but it is not free to overturn 75 years of constitutional law,” Deputy Assistant Attorney General Heath Gershengorn said, adding that only citizens, not states, have the standing to challenge the legislation.
This from the same folks who routinely argue the Constitution is a “living document,” its expressed limits on federal power constantly subject to change depending on how much the current ruling class wants to meddle in the economy and the private decisions of American citizens? What a hoot.
Any law that orders the public to purchase something they don’t want or face a penalty tax, and possibly jail, certainly should be challenged as unconstitutional.
The days of federal lawmakers and presidents using the federal government’s power to regulate “interstate commerce” as a justification for limitless authority must end if this country has any hope of holding back the oceans of red ink that threaten our national security.