Catholic Advocate Applauds Florida Obamacare Ruling
“Ruling affirms Catholic Church’s Teaching on Subsidiarity”
WASHINGTON – Catholic Advocate applauds today’s ruling by District Judge Roger Vinson, finding the individual mandate in “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” unconstitutional and, therefore, the entire law unconstitutional.
“Catholics should applaud this ruling since it affirms the Church’s teaching on subsidiarity — based upon a historic concern about centralized governmental power — and individual freedom,” said Catholic Advocate President Deal Hudson.
The individual mandate requires individual citizens to purchase health insurance under penalty of law. The case brought by Florida was joined by more than two dozen other states.
Judge Vinson wrote, “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.’”
Vinson’s ruling follows the ruling by U. S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson in Virginia on August 2, 2010. Justice Hudson was the first federal judge to declare the individual mandate unconstitutional. The Virginia case is headed for the Supreme Court where it will very likely be combined with the Florida decision.
“Pro-lifers, religious leaders, and the Catholic bishops have objected to Obamacare because it funded abortions,” added Hudson. “Even though abortion funding and conscience protection played no role in Vinson’s ruling, Catholics should be heartened this ruling is consistent with the teachings of the Church.”
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