From The Los Angeles Times:
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s health care reform law has cleared its first legal hurdle.
U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson on Monday denied the Justice Department’s request to dismiss the lawsuit.
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli claims that Congress does not have the authority under the Constitution’s Commerce Clause to require citizens to buy health insurance or pay a penalty.
The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation this year exempting state residents from the coverage mandate.
More than a dozen other state attorneys general have filed a separate lawsuit in Florida challenging the federal law, but Virginia’s lawsuit is the first to go before a judge.