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Judge to Rule on Health Reform Claim Within Month

A federal judge is considering whether to throw out Virginia’s lawsuit challenging the health-care overhaul signed by President Barack Obama after hearing arguments over whether the state has jurisdiction to sue.

U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson today in Richmond said he would decide within 30 days on the federal government’s request to dismiss the case. Virginia claims that a requirement for people buy health insurance exceeds Congress’s powers under the Constitution, while the U.S. counters that provision is allowed under its commerce powers because of the $43 billion in unpaid medical bills absorbed by the market each year.