Virginia Case Against Reform Law Heard in Federal Court
Last week, the Commonwealth of Virginia opened its effort to overturn the new health reform law by arguing in court that the overhaul equated to an "unprecedented" overreach by the federal government. Virginia is one of 21 states challenging the constitutionality of the law's mandate that individuals must obtain health coverage, which the states argue oversteps Congress' power to regulate interstate commerce. The Virginia case is the first to reach the oral argument stage after the U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
- "Judge Hears Arguments on Health Overhaul Challenge" (Sack, New York Times, 7/1).
- "Va. Begins Courtroom Assault on Federal Health Care Overhaul" (Helderman, Washington Post, 7/2).