In what will ultimately be settled by the Supreme Court, the second federal challenge to Obamacare was struck down by U.S. District Judge Norman K. Moon on Tuesday.
The suit filed by Liberty University (the Evangelical college founded by Pat Robertson) argued that the recent landmark health care reform bill violates the Constitution’s Commerce Clause. Opponents of the bill argue that failure to purchase insurance is an unconstitutional penalty. The government argues that the penalty qualifies as a tax, a power delegated to Congress although disputed by civics-challenged morons like Sarah Palin.
The benevolent, Bible-thumping do-gooders at Liberty University don’t want all people to have affordable health care because “a decision not to buy insurance is not economic activity that can be regulated by Congress.”
In a 53-page opinion Judge Moon disagreed saying, “There is a rational basis for Congress to conclude that individuals’ decisions about how and when to pay for health care are activities that in the aggregate substantially affect the interstate health care market.”
Although these Jesus-Would-Not-Want-People-To-Have-Health-Care holy rollers lost the case, they plan to immediately appeal to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. As God as their witness, they will not remain idle as the government attempts to “promote the general welfare” as if it’s their right, responsibility and fiduciary obligation to do so.
A previous challenge in Michigan was struck down in October and two additional court cases are pending verdicts in Virginia and Florida. The issue will eventually be decided by the Supreme Court where the four partisan, activist justices — Scalia, Thomas, Alito, and Roberts — will surely rule against the government meaning all five of the other justices must uphold the law.
If successful, the blowhards will prevent the United States from joining the rest of the civilized world in providing (albeit fully privatized) universal health care to all of its citizens and reining in skyrocketing costs.
After the first quarter of play, the scoreboard reads: Civilized People – 2, Misanthropic Blowhards – 0.