We are elated Judge Vinson agreed with the National Federation of Independent Business and the states that the individual mandate is unconstitutional and that it is not severable from the rest of the law. The individual mandate interferes with the rights of small-business owners to own, operate and grow their businesses free from unnecessary government intervention. To force citizens to purchase government approved health insurance gives the federal government entirely too much power. Judge Vinson’s decision is right on point. Congress exceeded their authority with the health-care law and it should be struck down in its entirety.
– Karen Harned is executive director of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center.