A federal judge in Florida has ruled that the health care reform passed by Congress last year is unconstitutional. At the behest of Gov. Matt Mead, Wyoming joined in the lawsuit earlier this month.

Responding to a ruling today (Monday) by U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson which found the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act unconstitutional, Gov. Mead said that it was up to the states to challenge the law.

Proper challenge:

"From Wyoming’s perspective we don’t want it addressed at the national level in sort of this global fashion. The states have an opportunity and in my mind a duty to address this themselves to make sure we have better access to health care. But, the way this was approached not only it was unconstitutional, it was bad policy. So, if it is all thrown out and they start over I think that would be an improvement, but I think the better course of action is for it to be state led rather than from the federal government."

Gov. Mead also said that something that goes astray of the U.S. Constitution is a bigger issue than party affiliation.

Bigger than political party:

"The fact of the matter is, I think whether you are Republican, or Democrat or Independent, I think you ought to be concerned because this is such a big change in the way our country would operate, it’s a lot of money, and I think there is a valid constitutional question and it should be challenged as if it is was a First Amendment or Second Amendment question."