Pa. judge rules health insurance mandate ‘unconstitutional’
A Pennsylvania judge has ruled that the mandate to purchase health insurance in the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.
According to the Associated Press, Judge Christopher Conner in Harrisburg ruled that the mandate was an unconstitutional extension from the federal government under the Commerce Cause.
“The nation undoubtably faces a health care crisis,” Conner said. “Scores of individuals are uninsured and the costs to all citizens are measurable and significant. The federal government, however, is one of limited enumerated powers, and Congress’s efforts to remedy the ailing health care and health insurance markets must fit squarely within the boundaries of those powers.”
Conner was appointed to the bench in 2002 by then President George W. Bush.