From the Salt Lake City Examiner:
Following a ruling Monday by a Florida judge that deemed the Obama administration’s healthcare reform program unconstitutional, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has decided the ruling is the “functional equivalent” of an injunction, making the policy unenforceable.
US District Court Judge Roger Vinson’s decision was in favor of 26 states who filed suit against the federal government over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The ruling said Congress could not force individuals over the age of 18 to purchase health insurance. Because the mandate is central to the law, the judge declared the entire act unconstitutional. Utah’s Shurtleff was among the first to file after the President signed the bill into law last spring.
Utah Deputy Attorney General John Swallow declared, “It is our legal opinion that we are no longer bound by the act.” The Attorney General’s office has told Governor Gary Herbert of their decision and he is weighing his options.
More encouraging news in an exciting week for free-market healthcare advocates!