This post was originally published in Politico.
This ruling comes as no surprise. When Judge Hudson denied the federal government’s motion to dismiss back in August, he tipped his hand that he would rule similarly on the merits. But even Judge Hudson realizes that his ruling (that it is unconstitutional for Congress to ask individuals to purchase health insurance or suffer a tax penalty) constitutes only a bump on the road to the U.S. Supreme Court. His decision is just one more in the many decisions to come on the health reform law. Other courts – even in Virginia – have upheld the health reform law as constitutional.