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Posted at 2:45 PM ET, 12/14/2010

Justice: Health-care ruling to be appealed

By Washington Post Editors

Roz Helderman reports on the Virginia Politics blog that lawyers for President Obama will appeal a judge's ruling Monday that a key provision of the federal health-care law is unconstitutional, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

The appeal was widely expected in response to a ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson that Congress overstepped its constitutional authority by requiring individuals to obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a fine.

The Justice Department also wants the case to proceed as normal for a such a case and be heard next by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken T. Cuccinelli II (R), who brought the case on behalf of the Commonwealth, had asked the Obama administration to join him in requesting that the U.S. Supreme Court expedite the case and bypass circuit court review.

Legal experts say it would be exceedingly rare for the Supreme Court to accept the case before the circuit court has a chance to weigh in.

Read the entire post on the Virginia Politics blog.

By Washington Post Editors  | December 14, 2010; 2:45 PM ET
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You guys should stop complaining because, one the health care we have now isnt as good as it was supposed to be. also the law has just been signed so give it some time. so if u want to say u have the right to choose tell that to ur congress men or state official. If you do not have insurance and need one You can find full medical coverage at the lowest price search online for "Wise Health Insurance" If you have health insurance and do not care about cost just be happy about it and trust me you are not going to loose anything!

Posted by: johnbaudoin | December 15, 2010 3:09 AM | Report abuse

1. Auto insurance mandate !

Under historical interpretations of the Constitution, Congress can dictate the economic activity of citizens so long as that activity will have profound, large-scale effects on the national economy.
2. Health insurance protects you PLUS all !
** Inaction cost, $9trillion over the next decade, ((Some of CBO analysis : While the costs of the financial bailouts and economic stimulus bills are staggering, they are only a fraction of the coming costs from Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that each year Medicaid will expand by 7 percent, Medicare by 6 percent, and Social Security by 5 percent. These programs face a 75-year shortfall of $43 trillion--60 times greater than the gross cost of the $700 billion TARP financial bailout)).

Posted by: hsr06011 | December 16, 2010 3:01 AM | Report abuse

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