Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void. This has been a difficult decision to reach, and I am aware that it will have indeterminable implications. At a time when there is virtually unanimous agreement that health care reform is needed in this country, it is hard to invalidate and strike down a statute titled “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”
…It is difficult to imagine that a nation which began, at least in part, as the result of opposition to a British mandate giving the East India Company a monopoly and imposing a nominal tax on all tea sold in America would have set out to create a government with the power to force people to buy tea in the first place.
From the decision handed down by Florida Federal District Court judge ROGER VINSON essentially striking down the new healthcare reform law, ruling part of it unconstitutional.
Dear Judge Vinson: I’m not a lawyer, but tea and healthcare, with all due respect, are NOT THE SAME FUCKING THING.