On March 10, 2010, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation banning the enforcement of a federal mandate requiring individuals to purchase health insurance. The Virginia Health Care Freedom Act was passed in anticipation of federal health care reform legislation signed by President Barack Obama later that month. The state law was later used to establish Virginia's standing to challenge the federal health care law. The lawsuit resulted in the individual mandate being struck down as a violation of Congressional power under the Commerce Clause. The decision was one of several conflicting federal district court opinions which are now on appeal.
Learn more about litigation challenging federal health care reform from the JURIST news archive, and read commentary on its constitutionality from Guest Columnist Sallie Sanford on JURIST Forum.