On December 13, 2010, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled that the individual mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is unconstitutional. Judge Henry Hudson found that regulating an individual's decision to purchase health insurance is outside the purview of the powers enumerated to Congress by the US Constitution. The ruling marked the first time a court struck down part of the PPACA despite numerous legal challenges. The US Supreme Court denied Virginia's request for expedited review in April 2011. On appeal, the Fourth Circuit held that Virginia lacked standing to sue in the case and remanded the case with instructions to dismiss for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction in September 2011.
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