As most obsevers expected, a federal judge in Virginia has ruled that the portion of the health care reform bill that mandates everyone obtain coverage violates the Constitution.
Judge Henry E. Hudson ruled that Congress does not have the power to compel people to purchase coverage. Supporters had claimed that the Commerce clause of Article One does allow them to do so while opponents disagreed.
I am of somewhat mixed views on this. I supported the mandate because I think it is the only fair way to make things work. However I do see the point opponents are making. I will try to review the ruling once it is available online and update as I do.