A Federal judge in Virginia, Henry Hudson, ruled a key part of Obamacare unconstitutional. He struck down the “individual mandate,” which requires most Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014. This opinion contradicts other court rulings finding the mandate constitutional.
The government argued the Commerce Clause of the Constitution gives it the power to require people to buy health insurance or face a penalty.
DOJ spokeswoman Tracy Schlamer said, “We are disappointed in today’s ruling but continue to believe — as other federal courts in Virginia and Michigan have found — that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.” President Obama said through a spokesperson that he will continue to move the Healthcare bill through despite the ruling.
Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia DA, said the case will end up in the Supreme Court.