Judge Vinson: Yes, I Meant For You To Stop Implementing ObamaCare, But I’ll Give You One Week To Appeal
Judge Roger Vinson offers the Obamacrats a slim chance to keep implementing it, while castigating them for not understanding that stop means stop:
“Because the defendants have stated that they intend to file a subsequent motion to stay if I were to ‘clarify’ that I had intended my declaratory judgment to have immediate injunction-like effect (which I just did), I will save time in this time-is-of-the-essence case by treating the motion to clarify as one requesting a stay as well,” Vinson said.
The Justice Department said it plans to file an expedited appeal request to the 11th Circuit.
Basically, the DOJ more or less has to file an expedited appeal request, because if they don’t do it in seven days, Vinson’s injunction will kick in again and slam the brakes on ObamaCare.
Vinson also gives the Obama Administration a few good smacks:
“It was not expected that they would effectively ignore the order and declaratory judgment for two and one-half weeks, continue to implement the Act, and only then file a belated motion to ‘clarify,’” Vinson wrote.
Vinson is trying to push the government into quickly resolving the case, requiring them to file an expedited appeal to the 11th Circuit or Supreme Court. In his ruling, Vinson repeated what he has said previously — that “the citizens of this country have an interest in having this case resolved as soon as practically possible.”
“That was nearly eleven months ago,” he wrote. “In the time since, the battle lines have been drawn, the relevant case law marshaled, and the legal arguments refined. Almost everyone agrees that the constitutionality of the Act is an issue that will ultimately have to be decided by the Supreme Court of the United States. It is very important to everyone in this country that this case move forward.”
Vinson clearly wants this case to move up to SCOTUS as quickly as possible, presumably because he thinks they’ll reach the same conclusion that he did.