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Breaking: Appeals Court Rules Mandate Unconstitutional

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta has ruled that Obamacare oversteps constitutional bounds in requiring individuals to purchase health insurance.

But the court also ruled that the mandate is “severable” from the rest of the bill.

More here.

UPDATE: The 11th Circuit page is getting hammered, but here’s some key bits from the ruling:

“The individual mandate exceeds Congress’s enumerated commerce power and is unconstitutional. . . . This economic mandate represents a wholly novel and potentially unbounded assertion of congressional authority: the ability to compel Americans to purchase an expensive health insurance product they have elected not to buy, and to make them re-purchase that insurance product every month for their entire lives.”

“If we uphold the individual mandate in this case, are there any limits on congressional power?” asked Judge Joel Dubina.

Daniel Foster — Daniel Foster has been news editor of National Review Online since 2009, and was a web site editor until 2012. His work has appeared in The American Spectator, The American ...

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