McCollum Hails Obamacare Ruling as 'Victory for American People'

Friday, 15 Oct 2010 01:14 PM

By David A. Patten

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Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum hails a federal judge’s ruling giving the green light to a multistate lawsuit against President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms as a "victory for the American people."

The Obama administration asked that Judge Roger Vinson toss out a lawsuit that McCollum filed, and 19 other states supported, contending that Obamacare and its individual mandate are unconstitutional. The judge delivered a stinging rebuke to Justice Department lawyers, setting up a Dec. 16 hearing on the merits of the case.

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In an exclusive interview, McCollum tells Newsmax he is "really pleased" with the judge's ruling.

"I was not surprised," he says, "but I was pleased. I thought that we had the best case [and] that we were going to win this. But it's always nice to hear the result."

McCollum tells Newsmax a close reading of the judge's ruling indicates he "is very favorably inclined to rule in our favor in the final decision he is going to render in a couple of months."

McCollum also predicts the fallout from the lawsuit will have repercussions for Democrats in the run-up to the November midterm elections.

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