02/12/2011 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Henry Hudson, Federal Judge, Rules Health Care Provision Unconstitutional

Moments ago, a district judge in Virginia ruled that the Affordable Care Act's individual requirement to purchase health care coverage violated the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, but did not issue an injunction baring enforcement of the provision. "The power of Congress to regulate a class of activities that in the aggregate has a substantial and direct effect on interstate commerce is well settled," Judge Henry Hudson -- a George W. Bush appointee -- writes in the ruling, before adding, "but these regulatory powers are triggered by some type of self-initiated action."

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