Federal Judge Rules Individual Mandate Unconstitutional

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Virginia U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson finds key provision of health reform law violates Commerce Clause.

And: Cantor calls expedited review of ruling, says decision is “clear affirmation that President Obama’s health care law is unconstitutional.”

Congressman Cantor Calls For Expedited Review of Virginia’s Health Care Ruling

Washington D.C. – Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-07) today issued the following statement in support of the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson of the Eastern District of Virginia, which declared the Democrats’ health care law to be unconstitutional:

“Today’s ruling is a clear affirmation that President Obama’s health care law is unconstitutional. The efforts of Governor McDonnell and Attorney General Cuccinelli have raised legitimate concerns and ensured that the people of the Commonwealth will have their rights protected against this unconstitutional law. Ultimately, we must ensure that no American will be forced by the federal government to purchase health insurance they may not need, want, or be able to afford.

“To ensure an expedited process moving forward, I call on President Obama and Attorney General Holder to join Attorney General Cuccinelli in requesting that this case be sent directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. In this challenging environment, we must not burden our states, employers, and families with the costs and uncertainty created by this unconstitutional law, and we must take all steps to resolve this issue immediately.

“Further, once the new Republican Majority assumes control of the House in January, we will pass a clean repeal of ObamaCare. Once that measure is passed, I hope that Leader Reid and the U.S. Senate will finally listen to the majority of Americans who oppose ObamaCare and follow suit.”

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This is why doing health care with Democratic-only votes was such a mistake. It is going to be very hard to get Republicans to back off in Washington -- and governors to implement the law -- as long as the courts make it seem like a doomed enterprise.
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