Federal Judge Roger Vinson has done as expected and ruled that the individual mandate compelling individual Americans to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional. He has also declared the mandate as not “severable”, meaning it can’t simply be deleted keeping the remainder of the health care reform bill intact. Thus the entire act must be repealed. This is exactly what opponents have been saying prior to it ever becoming law.
So what happens now? With-in the next 30 days the Federal Government will certainly appeal and it will be referred to the U.S. Supreme Court. When will the Supreme Court decide to hear the case? It’s anybody’s guess, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for it anytime soon.