The GOP is whooping it up now that Federal Judge Roger Vinson of the Northern District of Florida has become the second judge to declare President Obama's healthcare law unconstitutional. Vinson said that congress overstepped its bounds in passing the so-called 'Individual mandate" requiring people to buy health insurance.
The news barely hit the internet before Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos, Gov. Rick Scott and a host of other Republican lawmakers hailed the defeat of the healthcare law.
The administration will likely appeal. But the U.S. Supreme Court, tilted in favor of conservatives, will likely uphold Vinson's ruling as well as a similar order made by Henry Hudson in Virginia.
Vinson's ruling points out a true oddity in the healthcare law: the absence of a severability clause, which would allow the law to stand even if portions of it are struck out. Without the clause, Vinson's ruling against the individual mandate undoes the entire law.
"Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void," Vinson wrote. "This has been a difficult decision to reach, and I am aware that it will have indeterminable implications."