Another blow to Obama's pièce de résistance:
...Barack Obama's signature healthcare law suffered a setback on Friday when an appeals court ruled that it was unconstitutional to require all Americans to buy insurance or face a penalty.The U.S. Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, ruled 2 to 1 that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage...
ObamaCare isn't the centerpiece of Obama's presidency simply because Obama devoted almost all of his time and bully pulpit mojo to its passage. ObamaCare also reflects the central themes of Obama's presidential philosophies.
Obama promised a wholly novel approach ― one that would "fundamentally transform the United States of America."
This was his idea of "change."
Perhaps more importantly, Obama promised a government unbounded, unconstrained, and unconcerned about the perils of excessive power. Obama framed this idea in his inaugural address:
"The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works..."
HotAir pulls out an important phrase from the 11th Circuit's majority opinion. Bill Clinton appointee Frank Hull and George H.W. Bush appointee Joel Dubina declared the mandate to be “a wholly novel and potentially unbounded assertion of congressional authority.”
I would submit that the phrase "wholly novel and potentially unbound" is a perfect description of Obama's dangerously ambivalent vision for the Federal Government of the United States.