Federal judge upholds health care law

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    Oct 08, 2010 12:29 AM GMT

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/43289.html“The decision whether to purchase insurance or to attempt to pay for health care out of pocket is plainly economic,” Steeh wrote in a 20-page opinion. “These decisions, viewed in the aggregate, have clear and direct impacts on health care providers, taxpayers and the insured population, who ultimately pay for the care provided to those who go without insurance.”
    “The health care market is unlike other markets. No one can guarantee his or her health or ensure that he or she will never participate in the health care market. Indeed, the opposite is nearly always true,” wrote Steeh, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton. “Far from ‘inactivity,’ by choosing to forgo insurance, plaintiffs are making an economic decision to try to pay for health care services later, out of pocket, rather than now through the purchase of insurance.”
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    Oct 08, 2010 12:41 AM GMT
    The pdf of the judge's opinion is here:

    Interesting point: He makes the point that if you're absolutely against medical treatment (Christian Scientists anyone?), you can avoid being a member of the health care market:
    http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/100710thomasmoreruling.pdfThe plaintiffs have not opted out of the health care services market because, as living, breathing beings, who do not oppose medical services on religious grounds, theycannot opt out of this market.