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By John McAfee
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Joel Fredrick Dubina
Signaling it wants a speedy hearing by the Supreme Court, the Obama administration decided not to ask a federal appeals court in Atlanta to review a ruling that struck down the centerpiece of President Obama's new health care law.
A federal appeals court panel on Friday struck down the requirement in President Obama's health care overhaul package that virtually all Americans must carry health insurance or face penalties.
An appeals court struck a blow to a controversial part of President Obama's health care law requiring individuals to either buy health insurance or pay a penalty, ruling Friday that the mandate was unconstitutional but allowing the rest of the law to stand.
I reluctantly disagree with a contention made in "Judges seem receptive to health care challenge" (Page 1, June 9) about the Obamacare lawsuit pending before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
President Obama's health care law received a chilly reception Wednesday from a federal appeals court that seemed wary of approving a major expansion of government coercion over the economic activity of millions of Americans.
Judges on a federal appeals court panel on Wednesday repeatedly raised questions about President Obama's health care overhaul, expressing unease with the requirement that virtually all Americans carry health insurance or face penalties.
"What Congress cannot do under the Commerce Clause is mandate that individuals enter into contracts with private insurance companies for the purchase of an expensive product from the time they are born until the time they die," wrote Chief Judge Joel Dubina and Circuit Judge Frank Hull.
"If we uphold the individual mandate in this case, are there any limits on Congress' power left?" said Chief Judge Joel Dubina, appointed by President George H.W. Bush, who seemed most hostile to the Obama administration's defense.