Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void. This has been a difficult decision to reach, and I am aware that it will have indeterminable implications. At a time when there is virtually unanimous agreement that health care reform is needed in this country, it is hard to invalidate and strike down a statute titled “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”
It is difficult to imagine that a nation which began, at least in part, as the result of opposition to a British mandate giving the East India Company a monopoly and imposing a nominal tax on all tea sold in America would have set out to create a government with the power to force people to buy tea in the first place.” —
From the decision handed down by Florida Federal District Court judge ROGER VINSON essentially striking down the new healthcare reform law, ruling part of it unconstitutional.
Dear Judge Vinson: I’m not a lawyer, but tea and healthcare, with all due respect, are NOT THE SAME FUCKING THING.