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Federal Judge Blocks Healthcare Mandate

December 13, 2010

Danny Panzella

Federal judge Judge Henry E. Hudson declared the foundation of “obamacare” is unconstitutional, and that the federal government can not force Americans to purchase insurance. No immediate impact is likely as the appeals process begins and this case will likely appear before the U.S. Supreme Court for a final ruling.

Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., is asking the White House to agree to expedite a final ruling by appealing directly to the Supreme Court without first stopping at an appeals court. White House health reform director Nancy-Ann DeParle said the Justice Department is reviewing Hudson’s ruling. “We are disappointed in today’s ruling but continue to believe – as other federal courts in Virginia and Michigan have found – that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional,” countered Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler.

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