U.S. appeals healthcare ruling

The Obama administration yesterday asked a federal appeals court to overturn a Virginia judge's ruling that declared part of the healthcare reform unconstitutional, Reuters reports.

Last month, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson, ruled that a key healthcare reform provision that forces people to buy health insurance is unconstitutional.

The appeal comes as Republicans get set for a mostly symbolic vote to repeal the reform law.

Judge Hudson ruled that the individual coverage mandate would invite an "unbridled exercise of federal police powers," notes Reuters.

Constitutional experts have said that unless Congress changes the law, the U.S. Supreme Court will likely decide what becomes of it.

To learn more:
- read the Reuters article
- here's the Businessweek article

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