UPDATE, 11:33: from the Wall Street Journal:

… Judge Hudson invalidated the part of the landmark healthcare law that requires individuals to buy health insurance….

And from the Boston Globe:

… Administration officials told reporters last week that a negative ruling would have virtually no impact on the law’s implementation, noting that its two major provisions – the coverage mandate and the creation of new insurance markets – don’t take effect until 2014….

And from Politico:

Hudson stopped short of blocking the law’s implementation until a higher court acts, but said he expects the administration to honor his ruling.

“The final word will undoubtedly reside with a higher court,” Hudson wrote in his ruling. “In this Court’s view, the award of declaratory judgment is sufficient to stay the hand of the executive branch pending appellate review.”

The VA ruling is arguably the most prominent in an onslaught of legal challenges that immediately followed the law’s passage in March….

The White House does not believe the decision will have any impact on the ongoing implementation of the health care law…. largely because some of the key provisions don’t take effect until 2014….

Administration officials concede that the lack of a mandate would cut the number of uninsured people who would get coverage in half and threaten the ban on denying coverage people with pre-existing conditions – one of the president’s signature selling points on the law. Other parts of the law, such as the insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion, could arguably move forward unaffected.

UPDATE, 11:23: From WDBJ.com:

A federal judge in Virginia has found a key provision of the healthcare law unconstitutional, the first such ruling on President Obama’s landmark reform.

Judge Henry E. Hudson of the Eastern District Court in Richmond, appointed by George W. Bush, ruled that the law’s mandate that all Americans have a minimum level of coverage, or pay a fine if they do not, exceeds federal authority.

VA’s Republican Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, challenged the law by rejecting the federal government’s view that the mandate is enforceable under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. The state was seeking an injunction against the entire healthcare act if the mandate was found unconstitutional.

VA has passed a law stating that residents cannot be ordered to buy insurance.

A federal judge in Florida ruled in October that a separate suit challenging the law brought by 20 states and the National Federation of Interdependent Business could move forward. But a Michigan judge had dismissed a third suit earlier that month.

UPDATE, 11:19: From CNN:

A federal judge in VA has ruled parts of the sweeping health care reform effort led by President Obama to be unconstitutional. This is the first federal court to strike down the law, contradicting other recent rulings the law was permissible. The key issue of contention was the “individual mandate” requirement that most Americans purchase health insurance by 2014.

The case is Virginia v. Sebelius.

UPDATE 11:15a: From Benzinga.com:

A VA judge has ruled that the Obama health care bill is unconstitutional.

It’s unconstitutional to force people to buy coverage…

Congress has exceeded its power said Judge Hudson, the ruling  judge in the case. The judge did not rule about the validity of the entire law, just this section of the law.

11:12a: Breaking, developing: According to NBC, a federal judge in VA has ruled “part of the Obama care law to be unconstitutional.”

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