26 + 2 + 21 + 2014 = ???

Judge Roger Vinson.  If you don’t know the name right now, it’s a name you’ll know by the evening news tonight (that plus more coverage of the upcoming storms in the Northeast – ugh.)

Judge Roger Vinson of Florida ruled today that it is unconstitutional to require individuals to purchase health insurance.  So far, two judges have ruled that it is unconstitutional – the first being Judge Henry Hudson of Virginia.  He is now joined by Judge Vinson who has taken things a step further stating that “…because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void.”

So far, twenty-six states have sued to block passage of the health reform bill.

And since the individual mandate (read “tax”) is viewed as the key point for the health reform bill to actually work…where does that leave us come 2014?

This is not a symbolic act by the GOP to vote down the legislation in the House.  This is much more than significant.  This is a federal judge stating that the whole bill needs to be thrown out because the individual mandate cannot be severed from the rest of the bill.  And he’s right.  If you take away the individual mandate, the bill that was passed will fail miserably.

I must say, I love this country.  The balance of power that makes the U.S. Government what it is spreads the decision-making amongst the three branches: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial.  This isn’t the government shutting off the Internet to quell uprisings. 

So far we know that the House voted to repeal.  We also know that in the very, very unlikely event that the Senate votes the same way (insert Nancy Pelosi laughter here), the President has already said that he would veto it.

But the Judicial branch may well be the wild card in this equation. My grammar school math tells me that 26 states is more than half of them.  My understanding of the conservative states means that we may soon see other judges making similar rulings to Judges Hudson and Vinson.

What does this all mean? Time will tell.  But I’m getting my popcorn ready now for the battle royal event that will likely occur in the Supreme Court sometime between now and 2014. 

Hmm…my hot buttered popcorn may be cold and soggy by then. Maybe I’d better just wait for the 2012 elections instead.

And what is the “21” number in the title you’re asking?  Why it’s the predicted snow fall north of Boston expected this week.  For those who aren’t from the area, it’s bad. I know this because the local media is measuring the snow fall in Shaq inches

Man, I wish it was being measured in Spud Webb inches instead. 

(For those non-NBA fans out there, Spud is the one on the left – #4 for Atlanta. The other guy, Manute Bol, was 7 feet, 6 and 3/4 inches tall.  That’s what’s next if we surpass Shaq inches, I guess.)

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to shovel out my driveway (again) so that when the time comes to pick up my hot buttered popcorn, I’ll be able to do it without getting stuck.

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