Skip to comments.Health-Care Law Ruled Constitutional by U.S. Judge
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 Centers 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 Congresss goal, Steeh wrote.
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DETROIT..............PAHLEEEEEEZE. Everyone knows this is going to the Supremes.
The Honorable George C. Steeh was appointed United States District Judge in 1998 by President Clinton.....
Take it to SCOTUS they’ll overturn the Detroit Dweeb.
figures...was going to ask the question...i now understand why the ruling...by a socialist or commie
“Reasonable,” says the judge? There is nothing reasonable about ObamaCare.
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.
is a reasonable means of effectuating Congresss goal, Steeh wrote.
But it’s not constitutional.
I hope Obamacare is overturned by the courts, but realistically, do you think it will be? Will Anthony Kennedy really rule against it?
How’d it end up in Detroit?
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.
It depends on how much he values his reputation as being for good, sound law versus bad, unconstitutional law.
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"
1,000,000 more people just decided to crawl over broken glass to vote Democrats out.
Should have let the Canadians keep the damn place in 1812.
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.
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?
On the unanimous recommendation of Senators Carl Levin and William Riegle, Jr., Steeh was nominated by President Bill Clinton on September 24, 1997
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.
” .. reasonable ... “
???? I thought the question to be answered was: “Is it legal and Constitutional?”
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.
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.
From Detroit, one of America’s DEAD CITIES.
Well this is going on to the SUPREMES!
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.
Look for an underground economy to emerge.
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.
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.
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?
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 Obamas contentious debate with George Stephanopoulos when Obama denied it was a tax at all.”
1 will....well he will be what he is..the swing vote
The Honorable George C. Steeh...
...was appointed United States District Judge in 1998 by President Clinton...
...President of the Arab American Bar Association...
Shouldn’t legislation be based on truth and principle, and not goals?
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.
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..
This means nothing.
Who filed it here? I thought Virginia and Florida were the ones!
President of the Arab American Bar Association.
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?
Some of the dirtballs in the financial "services" industry will give them a run for their money.
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?
I asked myself the same question. I discovered Thomas More Law Center is located in Ann Arbor Michigan. This fruitcake judge's turf apparently.
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.
things that make you go hmmmm.
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These SOCIALIST/MARXISTS judges belong in Hugo Chavez' court system.