Congress Can't Require Health Insurance, Judge Says

Law360, New York (December 13, 2010, 2:03 PM EST) -- A federal judge has ruled that Congress overstepped its authority by passing the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, finding that the act's provision requiring citizens to buy a minimum level of insurance or pay a penalty is unconstitutional.

Judge Henry E. Hudson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Monday granted the state of Virginia summary judgment on its declaratory relief claim in its suit challenging the health care law, ruling that the act's minimum essential coverage provision exceeds...
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