Today a federal court in Richmond struck down the federal mandate to purchase private insurance as unconstitutional. The mandate is a central feature of President Obama’s health care law. From the ruling:
“An individual’s personal decision to purchase — or decline purchase — (of) health insurance from a private provider is beyond the historical reach” of the U.S. Constitution, Judge Henry Hudson wrote. “No specifically constitutional authority exists to mandate the purchase of health insurance.”
This news comes on the same day that ABC News is reporting that public support for the new health care law dropped to a new low of 43 percent.
Leading the constitutional charge against this mandate is Virginia’s attorney general. Said Kathryn Lopez, “Needless to say a big winner in the VA health-care ruling is Ken Cuccinelli.”
Indeed. One has to think that George Allen is fuming at all the attention that Cuccinelli is getting today. The former Senator wants his old job back and it looks like Jim Webb (who defeated him) might not run for reelection. People had suspected that Allen would be first in line for the Republican nomination so he could try and return to the Senate.
But perhaps now, Republicans in Virginia will try to convince Ken Cuccinelli to continue his fight against Obamacare from the United States Senate.
Cuccinelli has solid pro-life and pro-family credentials. As attorney general, Cuccinelli concluded that the Commonwealth of Virginia could hold abortion clinics to the same standards as hospitals.
I’d reserve my judgment on Cuccinelli until I learn more about his record, but one thing is for sure: He would make a much better candidate than a recycled George Allen (famous for his bone-headed ‘macaca’ moment.)