HUFFPOST HILL – Judge Nixes Health Care Reform

If they’re not closed down by Dennis Kucinich, the Capitol’s cafeterias might be graced by Herb Kohl’s sunny presence for another eight years. K Street revenues are down, forcing Patton Boggs to cancel its annual Helicopter polo tournament i…

If they’re not closed down by Dennis Kucinich, the Capitol’s cafeterias might be graced by Herb Kohl’s sunny presence for another eight years. K Street revenues are down, forcing Patton Boggs to cancel its annual Helicopter polo tournament in St. Michaels. Evan Bayh is doing his best to identify with salt-of-the-Earth Americans by working a second job at a place that uses linen hand towels in the bathrooms. And Hosni Mubarak prepared his clip reel in case Two and a Half Men’s producers are looking for a new lead. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, January 31st, 2011:

JUDGE RULES HEALTH CARE REFORM PROVISION UNCONSTITUTIONAL, WHOLE LAW OVERTURNED – Grandmothers of America, rejoice! A panel of faceless federal bureaucrats won’t be voting on your demise anytime soon! Federal district judge Roger Vinson ruled this afternoon that the individual mandate violates the Constitution and as such the whole health care reform package should be undone. “This is obviously a very difficult task. Regardless of how laudable its attempts may have been to accomplish these goals in passing the Act, Congress must operate within the bounds established by the Constitution,” Vinson wrote in his ruling. The case will likely head to the Supreme Court, which is kind of a death panel in robes. Also, expect Vinson’s face to be haphazardly plastered on a lot of “Don’t tread on me” posters. [HuffPost]

David Axelrod in an interview with HuffPost’s Sam Stein: “I’m not a lawyer, but I will tell you that I think that many lawyers are very dubious about that. The role of the courts is not to look for expansive opportunities to invalid an act of congress. It is to rule narrowly as possible and leave intact the intent of the legislation. So I’m sure that will be a matter of intense discussion and debate as this case moves forward in the courts.”

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