Thursday, March 3, 2011

Judge Orders Administration to Seek Expedited Appellate Review of Obamacare Within Week

A federal judge in Florida on Thursday refused to order the Obama administration to stop implementing its far-reaching healthcare law, a small victory for President Barack Obama in his high-stakes effort to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system.
But U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ordered the administration to seek an expedited appellate review within the next week of his January 31 ruling that favored arguments by 26 states that the law's requirement that Americans buy health insurance starting in 2014 or pay a penalty was unconstitutional.

1 comment:

  1. George T. PerrettMarch 3, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    This is not a surprise, at all. Judge Vinson recognizes that restraining the administration's implementation of the law is largely superfluous (and would likely be overturned), given that the ultimate issue is its constitutionality (on which there is varied opinion, making it ripe for expedited appeal. In fact, restraining its implementation runs contrary to the need for prompt appeal.) Resolution of this issue will occur only at the U.S. Supreme Court and Vinson's sensible, bi-furcated ruling will hasten that process.