Dec. 14, 2010— -- President Obama's health care law was dealt a serious blow yesterday when a federal judge in Richmond, Va. ruled that the government cannot constitutionally require all Americans to carry health insurance.
"An individual's personal decision to purchase -- or decline to purchase -- health insurance from a private provider is beyond the historical reach of the Commerce Clause," said U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson, a Republican appointee.
Hudson's court is the third to weigh in on the constitutionality of the health care bill, but the preceding two courts both ruled it constitutionally sound. Hudson struck down only the individual mandate, not other elements of the law.
President Obama has strongly defended the health care overhaul, and the case is expected to eventually wind up before the Supreme Court.
Our question to you today: Do you think President Obama's health care law is constitutional or unconstitutional?