Judge’s healthcare ruling sets up the inevitable (updated)
Monday morning’s ruling by a federal judge in Virginia that struck down the mandate portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is another setback for Democrats, sure.
But all the ruling does is affirm what we already knew: The U.S. Supreme Court will have final say. No matter which way the lower courts ruled in the slew of lawsuits that have challenged the healthcare reform legislation, the losing side would appeal until it reached SCOTUS.
If you’re interested, read Monday’s ruling here.
UPDATE: Gov. Haley Barbour has just released a statement about the ruling. Here it is, in full:
“The decision of the federal court in Virginia is encouraging to all of us who consider the Obamacare law unconstitutional; however, we know the case will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.”
SECOND UPDATE: Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant has issued his own statement. It says: