It’s only one battle in the long war ahead of ideologies, a war that can only end in the Supreme Court. But many of us conservatives are uplifted by federal Judge Hudson’s opinion that supports our belief in the unconstitutionality of ObamaCare’s central provision, that all Americans can be required by the government to purchase something, whether they want it or not.
Only a few months ago, the White House and its allies on the legal left dismissed the constitutional challenges to ObamaCare as frivolous, futile and politically motived. So much for that. Yesterday, a federal district court judge in Virginia ruled that the health law breaches the Constitution’s limits on government power.
In a careful 42-page ruling, Judge Henry Hudson declared that ObamaCare’s core enforcement mechanism known as the individual mandate—the regulation that requires everyone to purchase health insurance or else pay a penalty—exceeds Congress’s authority to regulate the lives of Americans.