Ruling On Virginia Challenge To ObamaCare Coming Monday
The first ruling from a Federal Court judge on the challenges filed by several states to the constitutionality of the health care reform law will be handed down Monday afternoon:
A federal judge in Virginia will rule on one of the most prominent health reform repeal lawsuits Monday, sources tell POLITICO.
The ruling stands to upstage the repeal lawsuit in Florida, where the judge is set to hear long-scheduled oral arguments on Thursday. The Florida and Virginia cases, two among many challenges to the new federal health reform law, stand the best chance at working their way up to the Supreme Court.
U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson’s chambers confirmed to POLITICO that he will rule on the suit Monday, likely at midday. A George W. Bush appointee, Hudson had previously indicated he would hear the lawsuit before the end of the year.
Hudson had previously denied a Motion to Dismiss filed by the Federal Government back in August in a ruling that said:
While this case raises a host of complex constitutional issues, all seem to distill to the single question of whether or not Congress has the power to regulate — and tax — a citizen’s decision not to participate in interstate commerce. Neither the U.S. Supreme Court nor any circuit court of appeals has squarely addressed this issue. No reported case from any federal appellate court has extended the Commerce Clause or Tax Clause to include the regulation of a person’s decision not a purchase a product, notwithstanding it’s effect on interstate commerce.
What that means for how he will rule on the merits is unclear, but I would say that the odds are that he’s likely to strike the law down. Meaning that Monday could be the beginning of another bad week for Barack Obama.