A federal judge ruled Monday that ObamaCare’s health insurance mandate is unconstitutional, striking down a key provision of the plan.
The ruling was made by Judge Henry Hudson in Richmond, Virginia after a lawsuit was filed ny Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Hudson said that the health insurance mandate goes beyond congressional powers to regulate interstate commerce. This was the first loss, and likely not the last, for ObamaCare in a series of suits brought forward by twenty states. The suit could wind up in showdown before the U.S. Supreme Court.
As Hudson wrote,
“At its core, this dispute is not simply about regulating the business of insurance — or crafting a scheme of universal health insurance coverage — it’s about an individual’s right to choose to participate.”
This decision came the same day that new polling numbers found support for ObamaCare at an all-time low, as noted by LifeNews.com. Just 43% of Americans support the law, down from its peak of 48%. 52% oppose the plan, creating the largest gap in numbers since the debate this past summer.
A new Rasmussen Reports survey also shows support for ObamaCare’s repeal has reached its highest peak since September at 60%.
Judge Hudson’s ruling, combined with polling numbers showing clear opposition to the pro-abortion ObamaCare, could strongly influence the new Congress’s efforts for repeal. An Obama defeat would surely result in major changes to the law.