Florida federal judge rules Obama’s health plan unconstitutional

by Sarah Nienaber

A Florida state federal judge has just ruled that the Obama administration’s health plan is unconstitutional, siding with 26 states who are suing to block the law.

U.S. district judge Roger Vinson accepted the states’ argument that the law violates citizens rights by forcing them to purchase health insurance by 2014 or face penalties. People who choose not to purchase coverage face a fee of approximately $100, with annual increases after 2014, according to Buzzle.com.

Attorneys for the Obama administration had claimed that the states did not have standing to challenge the law and the case should be dropped, the AP reported. Two other state judge have sided with the Obama administration, but a Virginia judge also ruled the law unconstitutional.

It is now likely that the case will be sent forward to the U.S. Supreme Court.