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Another Obamacare Ruling

Recorded on August 14, 2011

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

President Obama's healthcare plan is consuming billions of tax dollars. Already it's causing many employers to cut back on providing health insurance, because the new law makes insurance cost so much more.

Yet our courts still haven't made a final decision whether Obamacare is even constitutional. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals—just one level below the Supreme Court—has chimed in to declare that the federal government has no authority to require people to buy health coverage. Their decision basically stated that if Congress has power to force people to buy health insurance, then there are no real limits on the power of Congress.

But our federal government was intended to have only limited and specified powers. This ruling makes it almost certain that the Supreme Court will hear the case. The sooner the better. Look for their decision right in the middle of next year's campaigns.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.