Friday, December 14, 2018

Obamacare Ruled Illegal

Most of the time when a Federal judge declares something or other ‘anathema’ and bans it, it is a liberal judge out West in the Ninth District and conservatives are unhappy. Think of that as “dog bites man,” not really news.

Tonight comes a “man bites dog” story, a conservative Federal judge in Texas ruled that because Congress passed a law saying there is no mandate requiring the uninsured to buy insurance or pay a penalty some classed as a “tax,” the whole Obamacare law is thrown out. The usual caveat that an appeals court may overturn the ruling certainly applies here.

Wouldn’t it be ironic if a law every Republican campaigned against, but GOP majorities in both houses couldn’t overturn, was killed by an activist Federal judge? I’ll believe it when I see it survive appeal.