Federal judge rules portions of health care law unconstitutional

The Associated Press is reporting that a federal judge in Virginia has ruled posrtions of the federal health care law unconstitutional.

In the case brought by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, District Judge Henry Hudson ruled that the individual mandate to buy health insurance is unconstitutional.

The Virginia suit is the first to achieve any success as more than 20 states have joined together in an attempt to strike down the law.  The case will now head to a higher court, where White House officials told Politico, the law will be upheld.

Gov. Chris Christie declined to join the suit, but a Tea Party group in New Jersey ealrier this year filed its own case, alleging the law was unconstitutional.

U.S. Rep. Scot Garrett, (R-5th) applauded the decision, calling the mandate a “power grab” by the federal government.

“The ruling today in Virginia confirmed what I’ve been saying since the beginning – the federal health care law isn’t just bad public policy, it’s unconstitutional,” Garrett said. “The individual mandate represents an unprecedented power-grab by the federal government that undermines the vision our founding fathers had for this country.  While I believe the Supreme Court will ultimately find the health care law unconstitutional, I’m prepared to move aggressively in the 112th Congress to ensure passage of legislation to repeal the individual mandate and end this debate once and for all.” Federal judge rules portions of health care law unconstitutional