The Progress Report – Tainted Judge
From The Progress Report:
On Monday, George W. Bush appointed-Judge Henry Hudson broke with 14 judges who have dismissed challenges to the Affordable Care Act to become the only judge in America to conclude that the portion of the law requiring almost all Americans to carry insurance is unconstitutional. Predictably, conservatives reacted to this outlier opinion by pretending it was the single most important decision since Brown v. Board of Education. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R), who filed the lawsuit, immediately fired off a fund-raising solicitation proclaiming, “Cuccinelli succeeded in overturning the individual mandate.” Presumptive House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) called on states to ignore the law and refuse to implement it. Even former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R), who signed a nearly identical law while he was governor, pretended to agree with Hudson. But the right is in for a rude awakening. The reality is that Hudson is a deeply ideological judge who handed down an exceptionally poorly reasoned opinion that is unlikely to sway any appellate judge to his side.