Friday, March 4, 2011

Our view: Rule of law Parnell still bucks health-care bill but will abide by judge's ruling

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson sensibly issued a stay Thursday of his ruling earlier this year that the health-care overhaul is unconstitutional.

Judge Vinson was one of two federal judges who have found the federal requirement to buy health insurance violated the U.S. Constitution. Vinson went beyond his colleague in concluding that the entire overhaul was thus unconstitutional.

Gov. Sean Parnell used that conclusion as the basis for refusing to implement any provisions of the health-care bill, arguing that even though other federal judges (three so far) have disagreed with Judge Vinson, Alaska was a party to the Florida suit and thus bound by its decision. Now, unless the feds fail to appeal, Parnell rightly says he'll follow the law and implement the health-care provisions, although he said he'll consider doing so with state, rather than federal money


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