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McCollum: High Court Will Strike Down Obamacare

Monday, 31 Jan 2011 08:02 PM

By David A. Patten and Ashley Martella

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In an exclusive Newsmax interview, the former Florida attorney general whose lawsuit laid the basis for a federal judge’s ruling Monday that found the national healthcare law unconstitutional agreed with other conservative experts that the Supreme Court will ultimately strike it down.

“My gut tells me that the Court will declare the whole law unconstitutional, and Congress will have to start over,” Bill McCollum told Newsmax.TV.

“My gut tells me that the Court will declare the whole law unconstitutional, and Congress will have to start over,” McCollum told Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.

“They may in fact be starting over now. I’m sure that the Obama administration is going to look at this ruling and try to get something in the next two years, before their re-election effort of 2012, out of this Congress, some compromise.

“And my hope is the Republicans and those trying to repeal this law don’t give in too much to the Obama administration,” McCollum told Newsmax.TV. “Because I personally think that it will be held unconstitutional, and they can start from scratch. So they have all the leverage, and shouldn’t be giving anything up or away at this point.”

Monday’s ruling marked the second time that a federal judge has determined the individual mandate healthcare reform, which requires an individual to buy insurance, is unconstitutional. Two other judges, however, have ruled in favor of the president’s ObamaCare reforms.

The ruling by Judge Roger Vinson of the Northern District of Florida marked the first time that a judge has ruled the entire bill is null and void due to the problems with the individual mandate. The bill lacked the boilerplate legal language known as “severability,” which allows other provisions of a contract or legislation to remain in effect, even if one item in it is struck down by the courts.



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