Pa. federal judge rules against insurance mandate

By Chris Mondics

INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

President Obama’s plan to require individual Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty exceeds the powers granted both the president and Congress by the Constitution, a federal district court judge ruled Tuesday in Harrisburg

Federal District Judge Christopher C. Conner said the federal government’s power to regulate interstate commerce does not give it the power to compel individual citizens to purchase products against their will.

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