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Federal Florida Judge Rules Obamacare Individual Mandate Unconstitutional

January 31, 2011

A federal judge in Florida has ruled that the president’s health care overhaul, “Obamacare,” is unconstitutional. The judge based his ruling on the unconstitutionality of the law’s individual mandate. The ruling affects the 26 states who had joined together to file a case against the law, but also has implications for the entire country

Last month, a federal judge in Virginia also ruled that the individual insurance mandate of the Obamacare was unconstitutional.

The ruling is just one more example of why the law is unpopular, and why it faces in uphill battle before being fully implemented in 2014. Still, despite the ruling in Virginia, the president doubled-down on his support of the bill last week, defiantly brushing aside those who question the overhaul.

“You may have heard once or twice this is a job-crushing, granny-threatening, budget-busting monstrosity,” Obama said. “That just doesn’t match up to the reality.”

“I can report that Granny is safe,” he quipped.

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