FAQs: How could Virginia ruling affect Obama’s health care law?
A federal judge has ruled on behalf of the state of Virginia that a key part of President Obama's health care law, passed in March, is unconstitutional.
Here's a rundown on what that news means, and what the next steps may be for the Obama White House as the law gradually goes into effect.
How big a blow is this to supporters of the law?
"It's a huge deal," Randy Barnett, a professor of constitutional law at Georgetown Law School who has played a key role in efforts to get the law struck down, told The Lookout. Barnett argued that the ruling offers further evidence that the momentum in the dispute over the law's constitutionality is with his side. "A year ago, my law professor colleagues were all saying this is a slam-dunk" in favor of the Obama administration, he said. "And now it turns out to be a slam-dunk the way that WMDs were a slam-dunk..." http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20101213/ts_yblog_thelookout/judge-rules-against-health-care-law-what-does-it-mean