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Health-Care Law Ruled Constitutional by U.S. Judge
Business Week ^ | 10/07/2010 | William McQuillen

Posted on 10/07/2010 2:56:29 PM PDT by speciallybland

A U.S. judge upheld the constitutionality of the health-care overhaul President Barack Obama signed in March, rejecting an argument brought by a self- described Christian law center in the first legal victory for the new law.

U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh in Detroit today denied the Thomas More Law Center’s request for an injunction against the law and said the group failed to prove the statute is unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause.

“The minimum coverage provision, which addresses economic decisions regarding health-care services that everyone eventually, and inevitably, will need, is a reasonable means of effectuating Congress’s goal,” Steeh wrote.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessweek.com ...


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1 posted on 10/07/2010 2:56:30 PM PDT by speciallybland
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To: speciallybland

DETROIT..............PAHLEEEEEEZE. Everyone knows this is going to the Supremes.


2 posted on 10/07/2010 2:59:01 PM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: speciallybland
http://www.mied.uscourts.gov/judges/guidelines/topic.cfm?topic_id=240

The Honorable George C. Steeh was appointed United States District Judge in 1998 by President Clinton.....

3 posted on 10/07/2010 2:59:10 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: speciallybland

Take it to SCOTUS they’ll overturn the Detroit Dweeb.


4 posted on 10/07/2010 3:01:24 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

figures...was going to ask the question...i now understand why the ruling...by a socialist or commie


5 posted on 10/07/2010 3:02:20 PM PDT by ldish (Looking forward to Independence Day)
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To: speciallybland

“Reasonable,” says the judge? There is nothing reasonable about ObamaCare.


6 posted on 10/07/2010 3:03:35 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: speciallybland
Judge Steeh is a fruitcake Fur Shur. Else he'd noticed that with the addition of more young people to the insured rolls the price is going up for everybody.

Yet, he said "....... lawmakers intended to lower the overall cost of health insurance by requiring participation."

The puke hasn't got beyond the edge of the Democrat party talking points when he says that.

Time for the new Congress to fund a new office for the judge in the Upper Peninsula in an unheated log cabin.

7 posted on 10/07/2010 3:03:45 PM PDT by muawiyah ("GIT OUT THE WAY" The Republicans are coming)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

is a reasonable means of effectuating Congress’s goal,” Steeh wrote.

Well DUH.

But it’s not constitutional.


8 posted on 10/07/2010 3:05:11 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: speciallybland

I hope Obamacare is overturned by the courts, but realistically, do you think it will be? Will Anthony Kennedy really rule against it?


9 posted on 10/07/2010 3:05:15 PM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

yes


10 posted on 10/07/2010 3:07:32 PM PDT by Perdogg (Nancy Pelosi did more damage to America on 03/21 than Al Qaeda did on 09/11)
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To: speciallybland

How’d it end up in Detroit?


11 posted on 10/07/2010 3:07:50 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: speciallybland

Don’t believe the judge was asked to rule on the cost/benefit ratio of the legislation but on the constitutionality of it. It doesn’t matter if the law would make everyone in the nation millionaires and good looking, nothing to do with the nuts and bolts of the law. The question was, can the federal government force anyone to purchase a product endorsed by the government? Think his ruling will be tossed at the first chance.


12 posted on 10/07/2010 3:08:16 PM PDT by engrpat (A village in Kenya is missing their idiot...lets send him back)
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To: reaganaut1

It depends on how much he values his reputation as being for good, sound law versus bad, unconstitutional law.


13 posted on 10/07/2010 3:08:50 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: SandRat
Those two newbies just may be the proverbial monkey wrench, brother.

How many people screamed, if for no other reason, zero would appoint up to three supers ?

But no ... like answering the card swipe question, "Is $132.55 OK?" ... too many voters punched "Yes"

14 posted on 10/07/2010 3:10:02 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: speciallybland

Wow!

1,000,000 more people just decided to crawl over broken glass to vote Democrats out.

Thanks Detroit!

Should have let the Canadians keep the damn place in 1812.


15 posted on 10/07/2010 3:11:21 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: reaganaut1
Do you really think 300 million people are going to submit to government-run healthcare?

It doesn't matter how the courts rule. The system is unsustainable. It will collapse on its own. How are people going to pay the fines, much less buy health insurance, if they have no jobs.

16 posted on 10/07/2010 3:12:12 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (The Republic of the United States of America)
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To: speciallybland
The law center, the plaintiff in the Michigan case along with four uninsured individuals, argued before Steeh that the health-care statute creates a tax, in the form of compulsory insurance, that Congress lacks the power to enact.

Didn't the government recently change its stance on this and argue that Congress does have the power to enact this law because it is a tax?

17 posted on 10/07/2010 3:13:19 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: speciallybland

On the unanimous recommendation of Senators Carl Levin and William Riegle, Jr., Steeh was nominated by President Bill Clinton on September 24, 1997

18 posted on 10/07/2010 3:13:54 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: speciallybland

I still belive that the best chance is the case that was brought by the group of States. This was a small case brought up by a Christian Group.


19 posted on 10/07/2010 3:15:01 PM PDT by NRG1973
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To: speciallybland

” .. reasonable ... “

???? I thought the question to be answered was: “Is it legal and Constitutional?”


20 posted on 10/07/2010 3:16:56 PM PDT by J Edgar
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To: Marty62

The “Honorable” George C. Steeh was appointed United States District Judge in 1998 by President Clinton.

I don’t know what it takes to convince people that the judiciary is very corrupt.


22 posted on 10/07/2010 3:17:40 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: 9YearLurker

It seems like the Thomas Moore Law Center should spend less attention on self-congratulatory news releases and maybe more attention on the nuts and bolts of actually practicing law. They could have found a plaintiff with standing in every judicial district in the United States and yet they chose to file their complaint before a liberal judge in Detroit.


23 posted on 10/07/2010 3:18:03 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: speciallybland

From Detroit, one of America’s DEAD CITIES.

Well this is going on to the SUPREMES!


24 posted on 10/07/2010 3:19:55 PM PDT by Biggirl (GO UCONN FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!! :)=^..^=)
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To: Marty62

Lebanese-American judges were honored, to include judges of Middle Eastern descent from beyond Metro Detroit’s borders.

US District Court Judge George Caram Steeh, Sr.

The first-ever Judge George Caram Steeh, Sr. Award for Distinguished Public Service was presented to his son Judge George Caram Steeh, Jr. This will now be an annual award presented each year to an individual of Lebanese origin who is either on the bench, a court room professional, an attorney or legal professional, elected or appointed official, or member of academia or law enforcement.


25 posted on 10/07/2010 3:20:33 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Look for an underground economy to emerge.


26 posted on 10/07/2010 3:21:25 PM PDT by Biggirl (GO UCONN FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!! :)=^..^=)
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To: speciallybland

If memory serves, FDR called Social Security insurance however his DOJ argued it as proper exercising of the taxing power provision in the Constitution and won.

Since then (1937 or 1938) it seems the Federal governments favorite power is the Commerce Clause. Which theoretically can be expanded to the absurd.

With a possible 4-4 split on the USSC on a majority of issues I wonder who in many cases would be the swing vote. It has in prior years not always rested upon the same Justice.

Maybe its me but I don’t believe that the Framers of the Constitution, who never meant the Constitution as a crutch for an expansive government and a blank check for achieving it. Nor did they truly intended that the Constitution be a tax-devouring engine to met Federal needs.


27 posted on 10/07/2010 3:21:25 PM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: Mr. Lucky
It seems like the Thomas Moore Law Center should spend less attention on self-congratulatory news releases and maybe more attention on the nuts and bolts of actually practicing law. They could have found a plaintiff with standing in every judicial district in the United States and yet they chose to file their complaint before a liberal judge in Detroit.

It's going to end up being decided by the USSC either way. Hopefully, the more egregious the initial decision is, the more likely it is to be overturned.

28 posted on 10/07/2010 3:22:41 PM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: speciallybland

Is there a process for removing these black robed tyrants or do we just have to cross our fingers and hope they die durning a conservative administration?


29 posted on 10/07/2010 3:22:54 PM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: speciallybland

A federal judge has ruled in favor of a public university that removed a Christian student from its graduate program in school counseling over her belief that homosexuality is morally wrong. Monday’s ruling, according to Julea Ward’s attorneys, could result in Christian students across the country being expelled from public university for similar views.

A federal judge ruled schools can expel students, like Julea Ward, who believe homosexuality is morally wrong. Ward’s lawsuit against Eastern Michigan University was dismissed.

“It’s a very dangerous precedent,” Jeremy Tedesco, legal counsel for the conservative Alliance Defense Fund, told FOX News Radio. “The ruling doesn’t say that explicitly, but that’s what is going to happen.”

U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh dismissed Ward’s lawsuit against Eastern Michigan University. She was removed from the school’s counseling program last year because she refused to counsel homosexual clients.

The university contended she violated school policy and the American Counseling Association code of ethics.

“Christian students shouldn’t be expelled for holding to and abiding by their beliefs,” said ADF senior counsel David French. “To reach its decision, the court had to do something that’s never been done in federal court: uphold an extremely broad and vague university speech code.”

http://blackchristiannews.com/news/2010/07/court-university-can-expel-student-who-opposes-homosexuality.html#more


30 posted on 10/07/2010 3:23:34 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: speciallybland

When it comes time for the citizens to administer the tar and feathers, it’s gonna be hard deciding who gets it first, judges or politicians.


31 posted on 10/07/2010 3:25:10 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (Obama: I hate Presidenting. Everyone treats me like a dog. Doctor: Sorry to hear it, now roll over.)
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To: speciallybland

The battle is over in Michigan.

The video game industry registered another big court victory today as a federal judge ruled Michigan’s video game law unconstitutional and reaffirmed that “video games are a form of creative expression that are constitutionally protected under the First Amendment. They contain original artwork, graphics, music, storylines, and characters similar to movies and television shows, both of which are considered protected free speech.”

As reported by GamePolitics last November, Judge George Caram Steeh had previously issued a temporary injunction blocking the law from taking effect. At a March 22nd hearing, final arguments were presented. Judge Steeh’s decision was provided to lawyers for both sides on Friday. Industry reaction was swift.

“Judge Steeh’s ruling represents a sweeping rejection of the state’s claims regarding the harmful effects of violent video games and we will move immediately for reimbursement of the substantial legal fees incurred in this court fight which the state could have, and should have, never triggered,” said ESA president Douglas Lowenstein.

Judge Steeh likewise dismissed Michigan’s claim that the interactive nature of video games somehow limited their First Amendment protections.

“The interactive, or functional aspect, in video games can be said to enhance the expressive elements even more than other media by drawing the player closer to the characters and becoming more involved in the plot of the game than by simply watching a movie or television show,” Judge Steeh wrote. “It would be impossible to separate the functional aspects of a video game from the expressive, inasmuch as they are so closely intertwined and dependent on each other in creating the virtual experience.”

Nor was the jurist kind to research submitted to support the law.

http://tinyurl.com/2flnpk7


32 posted on 10/07/2010 3:27:33 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Maxine's Solution to Senior Health Care

Under the "Obama Care" Program

So you're a senior citizen and the government says no health care for you, what do you do? Our plan gives anyone 65 years or older a gun and 4 bullets.

You are allowed to shoot 2 senators and 2 representatives. Of Course, this means you will be sent to prison where you will get 3 meals a day, a roof over your head, and all the health care you need! New teeth, no problem. Need glasses, great. New hip, knees, kidney, lungs, heart? All covered. (And your kids can come and visit you as often as they do now).

And who will be paying for all of this? The same government that just told you that you are too old for health care.

Plus, because you are a prisoner, you don't have to pay any income taxes anymore.

33 posted on 10/07/2010 3:29:42 PM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: y'all

And the answer is: “Yes.”

“The New York Times reports that the Obama administration will defend the ObamaCare mandates as part of its power to tax, despite Barack Obama’s contentious debate with George Stephanopoulos when Obama denied it was a tax at all.”

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/07/18/nyt-obama-wh-will-argue-obamacare-mandate-is-a-tax/


34 posted on 10/07/2010 3:29:59 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: SandRat
Take it to SCOTUS they’ll overturn the Detroit Dweeb.

4 will

4 wont

1 will....well he will be what he is..the swing vote

35 posted on 10/07/2010 3:30:38 PM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: speciallybland

The Honorable George C. Steeh...
...was appointed United States District Judge in 1998 by President Clinton...
...President of the Arab American Bar Association...
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http://www.mied.uscourts.gov/judges/guidelines/topic.cfm?topic_id=240
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36 posted on 10/07/2010 3:32:05 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: speciallybland

Congress’ goal?

Shouldn’t legislation be based on truth and principle, and not goals?


37 posted on 10/07/2010 3:32:48 PM PDT by lurk
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To: RightOnTheBorder

Technically, the Constitution provides that any federal officer, bar none, may be impeached. “Appointment for life” is a self-serving mythology so widely believed it is almost real. However, with an appropriately conservative and constitutional reform of Congress, impeachment of any federal judge, including the supremes, remains a real possibility.


38 posted on 10/07/2010 3:34:48 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Yeah, I’m sure that he wouldn’t want to be the person who was held repsonsible for denying ObamcaCare to the wonderful citizens of Detroit..


39 posted on 10/07/2010 3:38:56 PM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: speciallybland
Another judge that has the mind of a insane socialists robot.
40 posted on 10/07/2010 3:39:06 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: speciallybland

This means nothing.


41 posted on 10/07/2010 3:43:33 PM PDT by Mariner (USS Tarawa, VQ3, USS Benjamin Stoddert, NAVCAMS WestPac, 7th Fleet, Navcommsta Puget Sound)
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To: speciallybland

Who filed it here? I thought Virginia and Florida were the ones!


42 posted on 10/07/2010 3:45:28 PM PDT by tallyhoe
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To: speciallybland

President of the Arab American Bar Association.


43 posted on 10/07/2010 3:47:28 PM PDT by Doogle (IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN....PLEASE donate, because it's the RIGHT thing to do)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

They’ve already lost the “constitutional test” by making selected exceptions within the law. McDonald’s has some sort of exception already. Will Burger King receive the same exception?


44 posted on 10/07/2010 3:48:35 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: OB1kNOb
"When it comes time for the citizens to administer the tar and feathers, it’s gonna be hard deciding who gets it first, judges or politicians."

Some of the dirtballs in the financial "services" industry will give them a run for their money.

45 posted on 10/07/2010 3:50:55 PM PDT by Think free or die
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To: SandRat
Take it to SCOTUS they’ll overturn the Detroit Dweeb

The SCOTUS can no longer be depended on to rule on constitutionality. Barring that, look at how long it took for McCain/Feingold to wind its way through the system before it was presented to the SCOTUS. This is a very bad sign. Waiting for Virginia's ruling (Landmark is involved in it (Mark Levin)

Can one of the brilliant freepers here explain what happens when judges in different areas rule in complete opposition to one another?

46 posted on 10/07/2010 3:53:55 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Live Free or Die)
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To: 9YearLurker
How’d it end up in Detroit?

I asked myself the same question. I discovered Thomas More Law Center is located in Ann Arbor Michigan. This fruitcake judge's turf apparently.

47 posted on 10/07/2010 3:55:06 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have just two choices: SUBMIT or RESIST with everything you've got!)
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To: muawiyah

IMO, he’s stepped WAY beyond his the turf of his position.

He shouldn’t be meddling and opining on legislative/
political/policy issues .. ONLY Constitutional ones.
Wacko!


48 posted on 10/07/2010 3:56:45 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: speciallybland

things that make you go hmmmm.

Arab American Roster | The Arab American InstituteKaren L. Karam John M. Mackay Martin F. Manna Radwan M. Mardini Samir Mashni Fatina Masri Nida R. Samona George H. Shalhoub Basel K. Shatara George C. Steeh ...
www.aaiusa.org/index_ee.php/pages/arab-american-roster - Cached


49 posted on 10/07/2010 3:58:25 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Looking for our Sam Adams)
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To: speciallybland
I guess it depends on the definition of "Constitutional"

These SOCIALIST/MARXISTS judges belong in Hugo Chavez' court system.

50 posted on 10/07/2010 3:58:48 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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