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Federal Judge In Virginia Rules Health Care Law Unconstitutional

"A federal judge declared the Obama administration's health care law unconstitutional Monday, siding with Virginia's attorney general in a dispute that both sides agree will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court," the Associated Press reports.

The wire service adds that "U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson is the first federal judge to strike down the law, which has been upheld by two others in Virginia and Michigan. Several other lawsuits have been dismissed and others are pending, including one filed by 20 other states in Florida."

From Richmond, The Times-Dispatch adds that: The judge struck down "the mandate that requires nearly every American to purchase insurance or face a penalty. (Virginia) Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's office had argued that the individual mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. ... Hudson, however, denied Virginia's petition for an injunction against further implementation of the act. States, including Virginia have already begun preparations to implement the new law, portions of which take effect in 2011."

There will be much more on this in NPR's Shots blog.

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