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Judge Hears Arguments on Health Overhaul Challenge
New York Times

For the first time since President Obama signed the health care law, the federal government faced off in open court Thursday against one of the 21 states that are seeking to invalidate the law by challenging the requirement that most Americans obtain insurance. In a two-hour hearing before a federal district judge here, Justice Department lawyers argued that the Commonwealth of Virginia did not have legal standing to challenge the law, and that it could not, in any event, win its argument that Congress had exceeded its constitutional authority.