I'm so glad that Judge Vinson ruled Obamacare unconstitutional today. Forcing an individual to buy something against its will, mainly health insurance, is an unprecedented interpretation of the Commerce Clause. If we told Americans they had to buy health insurance, then why stop there? Let's tell Americans to not buy certain foods because they're unhealthy. Then we can tell Americans when to work and when to exercise. This scenario isn't science fiction. It's certainly how the Chinese lived their lives during the heydays of Chairman Mao. Forcing private, commercial transactions is not only against the concept of limited government that the Founders had in mind, but is a major hindrance to individual freedom.
It's great to see that more than half of the states in this Union not only filed suit, but actually won. Judge Vinson made a good ruling (see his opinion here). Is this the slam dunk that libertarians and fiscal conservatives have been looking for? Not quite. Until the Senate brings the repeal on the floor and actually passes it or this reaches the Supreme Court with a victory there, we're not going to see the destruction of this heinous bill. But Rome wasn't built in a day, which is why we shouldn't expect an immediate victory here. It is, however, nice to see that the legalistic trend is favoring individual and fiscal freedom.