What editorial writers are saying about rulings on the health reform law
■ A federal court in Michigan upheld the validity of the health reform law, while a Florida judge said a 20-state lawsuit can proceed.
Posted Nov. 1, 2010.
The Florida decision dealt with a suit filed by 16 state attorneys general and others on the federal requirement that individuals have health insurance starting in 2014.
Obamacare's taxing doublespeak
Senior U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson [in Florida] did the law and the nation well last week when he allowed the controversial lawsuit attacking President Obama's health care law to move ahead. ... We especially liked that Vinson pointed out the duplicity of the administration publicly denying the existence of a tax increase and then defending the mandate in court as an exercise of its taxing power. The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, Oct. 20
First-round victory on health reform
We think [District Judge George Steeh in Michigan], appointed by President Bill Clinton, got the main points right, but more conservative judges hearing cases in the South may disagree. This fight seems destined to reach the Supreme Court, whose leanings are difficult to predict. The New York Times, Oct. 12
ObamaCare in court
This [Florida] case is only at the beginning stages. ... But the challenge to ObamaCare has passed a significant hurdle. Opponents should be encouraged that at least one federal judge is concerned over the significant constitutional issues it raises. New York Post, Oct. 17
A judge untricked: Obamacare in Wonderland
Gov. John Lynch and Attorney General Michael Delaney failed to even attempt to protect us from this unconstitutional mandate. They let it happen without a peep of protest. Thankfully, governors and attorneys general in other states were more principled. Maybe we'll get this oppressive law overturned despite the complicity of Democratic state officials. New Hampshire Union Leader, Oct. 17
Different rulings show courts also disagree on health
It appears the courts may be as divided as many Americans are about the health care issue. Whatever the outcomes of the various lawsuits, there will undoubtedly be appeals. It appears a long road lies ahead before this dispute is settled -- at least in the courts. Yuma (Ariz.) Sun, Oct. 15