A Few Concluding Words From The Health Care RulingAug 02, 2010
Upon further review, here is a telling paragraph toward the conclussion of Federal District Judge Henry Hudson's ruling today that allows Virginia's law suit against against the federal government's ObamaCare health care law to proceed: (see entire ruling here):
While this case raises a host of complex constitutional issues, all seem to distill to the single question of whether or not Congress has the power to regulate — and tax — a citizen's decision not to participate in interstate commerce. Neither the U.S. Supreme Court nor any circuit of appeals has squarely addressed this issue. No reported case from any federal appellate court has extended the Commerce Clause or Tax Clause to include the regulation of a person's decision not to purchase a product, notwithstanding its effect on interstate commerce. Given the presence of some authority arguably supporting the theory underlying each side's position, this court cannot conclude at this stage that the complaint fails to state a cause of action. (Emphasis added.)
The secretary's motion to dismiss will therefore be denied. Resolution of the controlling issues in this case must await a hearing on the merits.