A federal district court judge in Richmond, Va., ruled recently that Congress cannot require people to buy health insurance–a key provision of the health care reform law signed by President Barack Obama in March.

U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson said the provision of the health care law requiring people to buy insurance in 2014 is unconstitutional because Congress lacked any power to compel an individual to involuntarily engage in a private commercial transaction, as contemplated by the “Minimum Essential Coverage Provision.”

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