Virginia judge rules health care mandate unconstitutional
December 13th, 2010
12:48 PM ET

Virginia judge rules health care mandate unconstitutional

A Virginia federal judge on Monday found a key part of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care reform law unconstitutional - setting the stage for a protracted legal struggle likely to wind up in the Supreme Court.

U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson struck down the "individual mandate" requiring most Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014. The Justice Department is expected to challenge the judge's findings in a federal appeals court.

Hudson's opinion contradicts other court rulings finding the mandate constitutionally permissible.

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  1. sugar

    Pw whats your deal with Virginia?

    December 14, 2010 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. Hands off my body

    Where are all of the people. . .feminists especially. . .who for years screamed 'Hands off our bodies'? Healthcare is not a right. . .and it's certainly not my responsibility to pay into this to make sure someone else has coverage.

    December 14, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. pw

    Virginia is for racists, teabaggers and inbreds!!!. They want to bring slavery.

    December 14, 2010 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. pw

    Virginia was the last state who enforce miscegenation laws.

    December 14, 2010 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. sugar

    Pw that is in the past. I am not sure that va wants slavery to return. Slavery is totally wrong and so is racism. I have been to va and while it is not my favorite place it did not seem all that bad. Gen. Note: it is West Virgina that touts it is for lovers

    December 14, 2010 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. healthy people

    Healthy individuals use their insurance for emergencies, not for health maintainance.

    December 14, 2010 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. ***dude***

    We r forced to have car insurance to protect other drivers; home insur. – protect the bank. Health insur. – protects whom?

    December 14, 2010 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Al

    Another bad decision from our judicial system. Without this program my sons will never be able to have healthcare insurance because they have pre-exisiting conditions. It looked like we fianlly had a chance to get them on a plan. But not now, no, some usless judge has to screw up a good deal. A lot of the people commenting here probably oppose unemployment insurnace and support tax cuts for the rich as well...clueless, just clueless.

    Doesn't anyone care about the middle class anymore? We finally get a Government that looks out for the little guy and we throw them out of power and turn our government back over to big business again. Prepare to bend over agin.

    What is wrong with the people of America?

    December 14, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. retired and happy

    The sad thing is that the people making these decisions don't have a clue about what it takes to really survive and care for themselves and others. That judge has the type of insurance average people can only dream of.

    December 14, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
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