A federal judge’s ruling that the key provision in the Obama health care law is unconstitutional is setting off a scramble among the states about what to do now, including here in Connecticut.
Gov.-elect Dan Malloy says the ruling makes this state’s health care efforts—the SustiNet plan—even more crucial. “I disagree with, and am disappointed by, the ruling of a Virginia federal judge deeming the individual coverage portion of the national healthcare law to be unconstitutional. But this decision underscores the need to get things right here in Connecticut.
“The rising cost of healthcare is a major detriment to job creation here in Connecticut, and we need to make healthcare more affordable and more accessible. With Lieutenant Governor-Elect Wyman – someone who has led the way on the preparation for SustiNet, as well as its implementation, I will resolve open SustiNet issues with all parties at the table.”
The New York Times and others reported that Judge Henry Hudson ruled the law’s requirement that most Americans obtain insurance exceeded the regulatory authority granted to Congress under the Commerce Clause. He wrote, in part, “Neither the Supreme Court nor any federal circuit court of appeals has extended Commerce Clause powers to compel an individual to involuntarily enter the stream of commerce by purchasing a commodity in the private market.” Enabling Congress to have such authority “would invite unbridled exercise of federal police powers,” the judge ruled.