Florida federal judge Roger Vinson ruled on Monday that the health care bill President Obama passed last year, in conjunction with the Democrat-controlled Congress, is unconstitutional.

Congress exceeded the bounds of its authority in passing this bill, said Vinson.

 

His issue is specifically with the individual mandate provision, which requires individuals to be insured one way or another.  If they're not insured, they face fines.

 

Because this mandate is not severable  from the bill, the entire bill must be declared void.

 

Vinson, appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan, claims that he is not making a judgment on whether the health care bill is a wise or unwise legislation.  Rather, his ruling is based on the assessment that it violated the constitution.