Judge who ruled on Obamacare is Cadiz native
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Feb 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The senior federal judge that ruled the heath care reform bill unconstitutional on Monday is a Cadiz native.

Clyde Roger Vinson, known as Roger Vinson, was born here in 1940. He is a senior federal judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

According to several national news services, Vinson ruled on Monday that the individual mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), otherwise known as the health care reform bill, violated the Constitution by regulating economic inactivity.

As the requirement that most individuals obtain medical insurance is not severable from the rest of the bill, Vinson said the entire statute was unconstitutional, but has allowed the law to stand while it is being appealed by President Barack Obama’s administration, national news sources have reported.

In his ruling, which spans 78 pages, Vinson stated that the bill’s insurance mandate requirement exceeds the regulatory powers given to Congress by the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Vinson wrote in his opinion that the provision could not be saved by another clause in Article I that gives Congress broad authority to make laws “necessary and proper” to carrying out its designated responsibilities.

However, Vinson also rejected a second claim made by others that the new law violates state sovereignty by requiring states to pay for a fractional share of the planned Medicaid expansion.

Vinson attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and graduated in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, and served at Naval Air Station Pensacola as a naval aviator from 1962–1968, attaining the rank of lieutenant, according to a his biography on the Federal Judicial Center web site.

After his service, Vinson attended Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tenn., and received his J.D. in 1971, the biography stated.

Vinson returned to Pensacola and joined the law firm of Beggs & Lane, where he practiced general civil law from 1971–1983, and he was nominated to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan on Sept. 9, 1983, to a seat vacated by Lynn C. Higby, was confirmed by the Senate on Oct. 4, and received his commission a day later, the bio said.

Vinson was chief judge from 1997 to 2004, and assumed senior status on March 31, 2005, the bio noted, adding that he was appointed to serve a seven-year term on the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court, effective May 4, 2006.

Vinson couldn’t be reached for comment. He still has family in Cadiz, including his brother Tom and cousin John. John’s son, John Mark Vinson, is the Trigg County Coroner.
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