NU Online News Service, Dec. 13, 4:06 p.m.EST

WASHINGTON–A federal district court judge in Richmond, Va. hasruled that Congress could not require people to buy healthinsurance, a key provision of the health care reform law signed byPresident Barack Obama in March.

U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson said the provision of thehealth care law requiring people to buy insurance in 2014 isunconstitutional because Congress lacked any power to compel anindividual to involuntarily engage in a private commercialtransaction, as contemplated by the "Minimum Essential CoverageProvision."

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