Florida Judge Worried Obama Might Make Us All Buy Broccoli

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A federal judge today began hearing arguments in outgoing Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum's lawsuit against the Federal Government, which alleges that forcing citizens to buy health insurance is unconstitutional. The trial is expected to be an in-depth, mature and scholarly proceeding... oh, wait, never mind. The judge is already seriously asking if this means the Federal Government can force us all to buy broccoli.

"If they decided that everybody needs to eat broccoli because broccoli is healthy they could mandate that everybody has to buy a certain amount of broccoli each week," US District Judge Roger Vinson asked an attorney representing McCollum.

"It is not shoes. It is not cars. It is not broccoli. It is a means for paying for something," a lawyer representing the US Department of Justice was forced to utter in court.

Yes, so, this health care bill is not broccoli. Are we all on the same page on this?

McCollum was one of 19 Republican state attorney generals across the country who filed suit against the Federal Government once president Barack Obama signed health care reform legislation into law earlier this year.

"Today, the states presented their argument that the individual mandate is unconstitutional and that the massive expansion of the Medicaid program under the new law coerces the states to spend their resources in a manner that vastly exceeds Congress' powers," McCollum said today outlying his argument.

Incoming attorney general Pam Bondi is expected to take up the suit once she is sworn in.

Critics alleged that McCollum filed the suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida because all but two of the judges had been appointed by Republican Presidents. Vinson himself, who has Senior status (a form of judicial semi-retirement) was appointed by Ronald Reagan. McCollum says he simply chose the Norther District of Florida because it had a lighter case load.

A federal judge ruling on a similar case brought on by Virginia's attorney general has already ruled that the health insurance mandate is unconstitutional. However, other judges have already ruled in favor of the Obama administration.

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