4th Circ. Mulls Va. Standing In Health Care Law Fight

Law360, New York (May 10, 2011, 7:54 PM EDT) -- The Fourth Circuit weighed two challenges to the health care reform act Tuesday, probing whether Virginia has standing to fight the law and questioning the U.S. government's constitutional authority to mandate that individuals buy health insurance.

During hearings, U.S. Department of Justice acting Solicitor General Neal Kumar Katyal argued that the individual mandate was a necessary means to ensure universal health coverage and that Virginia lacked standing to air an “abstract political dispute” in federal court.

“The commonwealth is coming in and challenging something that doesn't...
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