The individual mandate of President Obama's health care legislation, which requires most Americans to purchase some form of health insurance, was ruled unconstitutional by a Virgina judge today. The ruling has inspired outrage and celebration from people on either side of the health care debate.
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty was relieved by the news.
I am encouraged by today's ruling that Obamacare's individual mandate is an unconstitutional power grab by the Fed'l govt http://ow.ly/3owQx
Senator Orrin Hatch praised the judge's decision.
ABC's Bill Wier called out Orrin Hatch, who included the same individual mandate in a 1993 bill of his own.
You wrote a '93 bill w/ same mandate. Why the flip? RT @OrrinHatch Great day for Liberty! ObamaCare mandate ruled unconstitutional.
Daily Kos pointed out that other judges aren't backing up the Virgina ruling.
Big story: HCR ruled unconstitutional. Little story: 14 judges disagree. http://bit.ly/hXeULU
Keith Olbermann questioned the judge's motives.
Judge who ruled against Health Care Reform? http://gaw.kr/gX5ErH Part-owner of GOP PR firm which worked AGAINST Health Care Reform
As always, Jon Stewart made light of the situation.
Mr. President, don't be upset health care reform was ruled unconstitutional. You still got a lot done. Like that childrens book!
Frank Conniff sarcastically imagined what might happen next for health care.
Judge rules health care law unconstitutional. Conservatives now hope getting sick will be declared an act of treason.
Michael Foresta laments the impediment to health care reform.
It's up to the Supreme Court but mandating health insurance is unconstitutional. Real health care reform is still a long way to go.
Ayelet Waldman recognized the judge's personal interest in the case.
I'm shocked, SHOCKED, that the Judicial hack who owns part of a lobbying company devoted to defeating health care found it unconstitutional.