Tuesday, December 14, 2010

'Crusading conservative' judge behind health care ruling

Posted By on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 10:58 AM

According to The Daily Beast, the federal judge, Henry Hudson, who made headlines yesterday for attempting to brand health care reform as unconstitutional is a 'crusading conservative.' Shocker.

Here's more:

When his critics learned last summer that U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson of Richmond, Virginia, would hear a Republican lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Obama health-care bill, many assumed the case’s outcome was a lock.

For reasons ideological and political, they predicted, Hudson would find a way to satisfy his longtime friends and supporters in the GOP and declare the bill unconstitutional. And that is exactly what the staunchly conservative 63-year-old judge did Monday, knocking down the bill’s keystone provision requiring tens of millions of Americans to obtain health insurance. Hudson said the requirement exceeded the regulatory powers given to Congress under the Constitution, a ruling that makes him the first judge in the country to invalidate any part of the law. Two other federal judges have upheld the legislation.

“I think Henry Hudson is absolutely driven by ideology in a way that even many quote conservative unquote judges are not,” said Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington-based civil-liberties group.

Read the entire article, by Philip Shenon, here.

The judge's political allies may be appeased, but it's the people of the United States of America who will continue to suffer, risking their financial health as well as their physical and mental health as tens of millions go without any health care coverage at all.

Rhiannon "Rhi" Bowman is an independent journalist who contributes snarky commentary on Creative Loafing's CLog blog four days a week in addition to writing for several other local media organizations. To learn more, click the links or follow Rhi on Twitter.

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