Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli used his conference call to celebrate Judge Hudson's ruling that strikes down the mandate requiring American citizens to purchase health care insurance.
Cuccinelli hailed the ruling from the start of the call - which kicked off a little after 2 p.m. - and took the chance pick out two quotes - one from page 37 and a second from page 21. Here's the link again to Judge Hudon's full 42-page ruling.
From page 21:
"Despite the laudable intentions of Congress in enacting a comprehensive and transformative health care regime, the legislative process must still operate within the constitutional bounds. Salutatory goals and creative drafting have never been sufficient to offset an absence of enumerated powers."
From page 37:
"The unchecked expansion of congressional power to the limits suggested by the Minimum Essential Coverage Provision would invite unbridled exercise of federal police powers. At its core, this dispute is not simply about regulating the business of insurance - or crafting a scheme of universal health insurance coverage - it's about an individual's right to choose to participate."
Cuccinelli is now taking questions. He reiterated that the case is likely to move to the U.S. Supreme Court for a final ruling - and said that if the case moves through typical channels it would take about two years to get a ruling from the high court.