A United States District Court judge has upheld the health care reform bill, saying that Congress has the authority to require people to have health insurance by 2014. The law had been challenged by a Christian legal group on the grounds that the health care reform bill exceeded Congressional powers.
The judge rejected their reasoning, saying that Congress was trying to lower the overall cost of health insurance by requiring individuals to have coverage.
Under the Commerce Clause, Congress is granted sweeping authority to regulate commerce. Opponents of health care reform had argued that health care reform does not fall under the Commerce Clause.
Judge Rejects Challenge To Health Care Law | The Associated Press