President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law suffered a setback on Friday when an appeals court ruled that it was unconstitutional to require all Americans to buy insurance or face a penalty.
The U.S. Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, ruled 2 to 1 that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but it unanimously reversed a lower court decision that threw out the entire law.
The problem for Obama and the other Democrats is that, without the individual mandate even their screwy math doesn’t work. The law was never going to deliver anything but increased costs and diminished quality. But without the mandate, it just collapses.
Next stop, the Supreme Court. It was always going there anyway, but the circuit split (the 6th concluded it was constitutional) seals it.