Yes, Virginia. And Florida. And some 26 other states. There is a Constitution.
A federal judge pulled the dusty document out of his file cabinet Monday and summarily ruled the federal health-care law violates our rights under the Constitution.
In particular, Judge Roger Vinson ruled that the law's provision requiring all Americans to buy health insurance is unconstitutional.
Thank goodness. As we've noted previously, if the government can force you to buy health insurance, what can't it do? It's absolutely the most frightening attempted expansion of government power in this nation's history.
The Florida case, despite involving over half the states, is only one of several dozen lawsuits challenging the massive and poorly-thought-out law. The cases will presumably make a date to meet each other on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court at some later time.
That's the only thing that will bring closure; several judges have upheld the law, while at least two have overturned it.
We can't imagine even liberal justices on the Supreme Court siding with the health-care law. It not only seeks to give Congress the power to regulate commerce, but also the lack of it : Under the law, if you simply do nothing, you can be fined.
Congressional power defined thusly, the U.S. government would have the authority to regulate just about anything.
It's amazing that, in the land of the U.S. Constitution, our freedoms are hanging by this thin a thread.