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Va. judge strikes down part of health care law



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

It was the first victory for opponents of the law, who have faced some setbacks but also have similar cases pending in other states, including the one filed by 20 states in Florida. The Virginia judge agreed the requirement that most Americans obtain insurance was unconstitutional.

"The news out of Virginia today is great for Floridians and for Americans everywhere," Gov.-elect Rick Scott said in a statement. "ObamaCare is the biggest job killer in the history of this country and this decision will go a long way toward restoring the certainty businesses need to start hiring and restoring some sanity to the federal government.” (story here)

[Last modified: Monday, December 13, 2010 5:27pm]


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