"if a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house"

Judge uses Obama’s words against him


In ruling against President Obama‘s health care law, federal Judge Roger Vinson used Mr. Obama‘s own position from the 2008 campaign against him, arguing that there are other ways to tackle health care short of requiring every American to purchase insurance.

“I note that in 2008, then-Senator Obama supported a health care reform proposal that did not include an individual mandate because he was at that time strongly opposed to the idea, stating that ‘if a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house,’” Judge Vinson wrote in a footnote toward the end of the 78-page ruling Monday.

Judge Vinson, a federal judge in the northern district of Florida, struck down the entire health care law as unconstitutional on Monday, though he is allowing the Obama administration to continue to implement and enforce it while the government appeals his ruling.

The footnote was attached to the most critical part of Judge Vinson‘s ruling, in which he said the “principal dispute” in the case was not whether Congress has the power to tackle health care, but whether it has the power to compel the purchase of insurance.

PDF of rulings

Comment: on p. 76!


  1. About time a politician was held accountable to things said in the past!

  2. Ah a Romney reference.... Good choice Tobin!

  3. Well this sure was a long time ago. I'm not sure what to take of your comment, Mikel, since I don't know you. But I think you're insinuating that my comment should be used against Romney and not in tune with the rest of the post.

    However, if you're thinking this is some kind of "gotcha!" you're wrong - I said "politicians" should be accountable, and that's what I meant. Their party affiliation doesn't matter - the "promise anything to get elected" practice is extremely old and tired.


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