Judge Roger Vinson today ruled that the health reform law is unconstitutional. His ruling will be appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. This is the second court to rule the law unconstitutional; the other court is in Virginia, and the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit will hear that appeal in May.
Judge Vinson did not order the Obama Administration to stop implementing the law in the meantime, so all goes ahead as planned.
The judge said that the requirement that everybody purchase insurance or pay a fine/tax is unconstitutional, and since the law does not say that any one provision can be severed and the rest of the law still stand, he said the entire law is void.
Four judges now have ruled on the merits of the law, two for and two against.
I'll be reading the whole decision and will be able to give you a better idea of how this may play out after I've done so. Jennifer