Today Judge Henry E. Hudson ruled that the individual mandate to buy health insurance is unconstitutional, saying that it “exceeds the constitutional boundaries of congressional power.” The suit was brought by VA Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli who argued that the individual mandate was an unconstitutional expansion of the Commerce Clause.
The White House dismissed the ruling as having little effect on the implementation of Obamacare. They continue to believe the bill will ultimately be ruled constitutional. Hudson acknowledged that the final outcome will undoubtedly reside with a higher court, but said, “In this Court’s view, the award of declaratory judgment is sufficient to stay the hand of the executive branch pending appellate review.”
The Virginia suit is one of 15 nationwide against Obamacare, and it is the first to strike down part of the health care reform law.