By Peter Galuszka

Surprise, surprise, surprise.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has tossed out a notorious challenge by Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli and arch-conservative Liberty University to Obamacare.

In a surprise move, a three-judge panel at the appeals court ruled that the two plaintiffs did not have standing to bring the case and that their court had no standing to rule on it.

The judges are all Democratic-appointees who had been expected to rule in favor of Obamacare, especially the controversial section that requires all Americans to buy health insurance in 2014. A lower court had ruled on the merits of the case, but the Fourth Circuit, in effect, punted.

The Virginia General Assembly passed a law earlier this year nixing the forced purchase of insurance, but that put a state in conflict with federal law. Guess who usually wins?

That should toss the issue to the Supreme Court and a ruling next summer. It should also be a lesson in constitutional law for the hard right.

And speaking of the hard right, just for laughs I am posting part of the response of Tea Party leader Jamie Radtke who is running for the Republican nominationf or U.S. Senator:

“The U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond has demonstrated a shocking lack of understanding of the U.S. Constitution and the intent of the states that ratified it, by virtue of the court’s ruling today that Virginia has no standing to challenge the constitutionality of a federal law that directly conflicts with a Virginia statute.”

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4 responses to “Nice Try, Cooch”

  1. Congress Passes Socialized Medicine and Mandates Health Insurance -In 1798

    the folks who voted in favor of this are the original framers of the Constitution.

    it was single-payer HC financed with a mandatory payroll tax.

  2. Peter Galuszka Avatar
    Peter Galuszka

    Thanks for the very interesting insight, Larry.
    And, By the Way, did you know that the person for whom Bacon’s Rebellion was named originally was actually a genocidal maniac?

  3. not surprised Peter…. Bacon does seem to have a wild streak at times.


  4. Radtke makes as much sense as Karl Rove:

    1. The prsidents job creating ideas are proven not to work.
    2. The Plan is too small to do any good.
    3. It costs too much.

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