Judge Hudson’s Interim Decision: “Tempest In A Teapot” — Decision’s Effect Is Stayed


Per The New York Times, just now — here’s a bit, but do go read it all:

. . . .The opinion by Judge Hudson, who has a long history in Republican politics in northern Virginia, continued a partisan pattern in the health care cases. Thus far, judges appointed by Republican presidents have ruled consistently against the Obama administration while Democratic appointees have found for it.


That has reinforced the notion — fueled by the White House — that the lawsuits are as much a political assault as a constitutional one. The Richmond case was filed by Virginia’s attorney general, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, a Republican, and all but one of the 20 attorneys general and governors who filed a similar case in Pensacola, Fla., are Republicans. Other lawsuits have been filed by conservative law firms and interest groups. . . .

The officials stressed that the judge’s decision to not enjoin the law would defer any actual impact for years. They noted that the insurance requirement does not even take effect until 2014, when the Supreme Court presumably will have ruled. . . .

We’ll keep you posted. As I’ve long predicted (though the record is now 2-1, with one more to go) — if a federal seatbelt law has been held constitutional for nearly a half-century, now — so too (likely) the central provisions of the reform act shall be.

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