CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE Moves Forward | FLORIDA | Federal judge disses Dems’ ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Health Care Reform Act defense


CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE | Judge disses Dems’ ‘Alice in Wonderland’
Health Care Reform Act defense

Politico
Judge disses Dems’ ‘Alice in Wonderland’ health defense
By JENNIFER HABERKORN

A federal judge in Florida on Thursday said he will allow some of the
lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health care law to
proceed — and criticized Democrats for making an “Alice in Wonderland”
argument to defend the law.

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson allowed two major counts to proceed:
the states’ challenge to the controversial requirement that nearly all
Americans buy insurance and a required expansion of the Medicaid
program.

In his ruling, Vinson criticized Democrats for seeking to have it
both ways when it comes to defending the mandate to buy insurance.
During the legislative debate, Republicans chastised the proposal as a
new tax on the middle class. Obama defended the payment as a penalty
and not a tax, but the Justice Department has argued that legally,
it’s a tax.

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