A federal judge has ruled in favor of Virginia's challenge to the individual health insurance mandate included in the Obama administration's health care law.
Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson's ruling affirms the Virginia Health Care Freedom Act. The law, passed by state lawmakers earlier this year, states that no Virginian can be forced to buy individual health insurance.
Cuccinelli says the law had strong bipartisan support.
"We have a Democrat Senate, and a Republican House, and both of them passed that bill," Cuccinelli says.
Northern Virginia Congressman Jim Moran, a Democrat who voted for the health care law, says the ruling came from a conservative judge who shares Cuccinelli's ideology.
He says that ideology is far from the mainstream -- something that will become clear if Cuccinelli seeks higher office.
"I don't think he represents the majority of Virginians," Moran says. "I think we're gonna find that out when Mr. Cuccinelli runs for governor in another couple of years."
For now, Cuccinelli says his office is preparing for an appeals process that is expected to continue to the U.S. Supreme Court.