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A federal judge has concluded Congress can demand that Americans buy government-approved health insurance in the first ruling of its kind on Obamacare, but he also has opened a door for people to challenge the plan in court.
The ruling means the Supreme Court eventually could have the opportunity to decide whether Obamacare is constitutional and to redefine the scope of the Commerce Clause, which Washington now interprets as allowing such government requirements.
Since the Roosevelt administration, controversial Supreme Court interpretations of the clause have been used to broadly expand the powers of the federal government.
Detroit Federal District Judge George Caram Steeh ruled today that four Michigan plaintiffs and the Thomas More Law Center have standing to challenge the Health Care Reform Act, popularly known as Obamacare.
The TMLC brought suit on behalf of itself and four Michigan residents on the grounds that the Commerce Clause does not give the federal government any power to compel citizens to purchase health insurance.
Steeh rejected, however, the plaintiffs’ request to place an injunction on current enforcement of the Health Care Reform Act, which was signed into law by President Obama in March.
TMLC’s senior trial counsel, Rob Muise, said, “This decision is ripe for appeal, which we intend to do expeditiously.”
According to the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based law center, Steeh’s ruling means that the Supreme Court eventually will have the opportunity to decide whether the Commerce Clause grants the government the power to take control over the health care industry, a massive chunk of the American economy.
The law will impose at least 20 new taxes on the American public beginning Jan. 1, 2011. Starting in 2014, the act will require all Americans to purchase health care insurance policies whether they want health insurance or not.
Creating a single-payer national health care system remains a major agenda item for liberal Democrats, President Obama’s base of political support. The act does not create a single payer system immediately, but critics argue that some of its provisions are designed to induce private employers to terminate health coverage for their employees, forcing them to purchase health care through the federal government.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Florida shows Rubio with 50% of the vote, up nine points from just over a week ago and his best showing in the race to date.
Support for Crist, the state’s current GOP governor, has fallen to a new low of 25%, while Meek captures 19%. Three percent (3%) like another candidate in the race, and three percent (3%) more are undecided.
California regulators reportedly are planning to significantly weaken the state’s landmark clean air standards after discovering they miscalculated pollution levels by 340 percent.
The estimate played a vital role in the creation of 2007 regulation that forced businesses to make costly upgrades to off-road vehicles with diesel engines in order to cut diesel emissions.
Congressman John Adler’s campaign and the Camden County Democratic Committee recruited “J Tea Party” candidate Peter DeStefano to confuse conservative voters and hurt Adler’s Republican challenger this fall, Democratic operatives say.
“The goal was to take 5 percent of (Republican Jon) Runyan’s vote,” said a Democrat with direct knowledge of the Adler campaign.
During a televised debate, Rory Reid said he does not support the legal challenges against Obamacare. Yet, he does believe that Obama’s signature achievement could negatively affect Nevada.
“I don’t deny, however,” Rory Reid said, “that Nevada needs to be vigilant on this issue… there is potential for it to put significant pressure on states because Medicaid rates could go up significantly.”
President Obama came to Bowie State University and was met by a student who spoke out against his speech concerning how Republicans are the reason for today’s economic condition.
The courageous student screamed out, “You’re a liar”, causing the president to pause his speech. Then the student was physically beaten up by supporters, cursed down, and thrown side to side.
Speaking to a group of democrats in Wisconsin, Joe Biden said, “You’re the dullest audience I’ve ever spoken to.” He was talking about the amount of manufacturing jobs that Wisconsin has lost and seemed surprised that the crowd wasn’t more upbeat.
Gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett made the mistake of having the Vice President campaign for him in Madison when he [Biden] made the remark.
Two senior officials say Gov. Chris Christie today will kill the controversial $8.7 billion Hudson River rail tunnel project, which he says the state cannot afford to build.
According to the sources, the governor plans to announce other transportation initiatives that would allow New Jersey to keep the $3 billion in federal money already earmarked for the tunnel project.
A woman accidentally glued an eye shut when she mistook super glue for her eye drops. Irmgard Holm of Glendale, Arizona had cataract surgery a year ago.
She was reaching for what she thought was one of her eye drop medications. The burning sensation told her immediately something was seriously wrong. Holm says the eye drops and the super glue bottles are nearly identical.
Neil Goldberg, a senior producer at ESPN was arrested after he was caught standing on a bar stool outside a woman’s window – masturbating as he watched her get dressed.
He was arrested after a woman out walking her dog, caught him masturbating while standing outside a woman’s window. Goldberg reportedly stopped and went back inside his home after he noticed the woman had seen him.
A wheelchair-bound man plunged to his death down an elevator shaft after he deliberately rammed the lift door in a fit of anger. The Korean man just misses a lift in a shopping centre after the woman inside pressed the button to go down.
As the doors closed a split-second before he reached the lift, the man, known only as Mr Lee, slammed his vehicle into them.
A Chandler man was stabbed in the arm after refusing to let two vampire-crazed friends suck his blood, police said. The man, Robert Maley, 25, had let the pair suck his blood before.
But on Monday, he refused, and was stabbed in the left arm, police said. He was living with Aaron Homer, 24, and Amanda Williamson, 21. The pair are “into vampire stuff and paganism,” the stab victim said.