On December 13, 2010, Judge Henry Hudson of Virginia ruled a major provision of the Federal Government's recent healthcare reform law (commonly referred to as Obamacare) is unconstitutional.
You can read Judge Hudson's entire opinion.
Under the new plan, all citizens must purchase health insurance by 2014 or face a federal fine. Judge Hudson specifically noted this requirement is the problem, stating "it is not the effect on individuals that is presently at issue - it is the authority of Congress to compel anyone to purchase health insurance".
Judge Hudson clearly noted in his opinion the major political implications of this ruling. He also noted that the parties will likely immediately appeal the case, ultimately to the U.S. Supreme Court. It is important to note that the ruling struck down section 1501 of the legislation, but did not grant an injunction against the implementation of the rest of the plan. Therefore, the healthcare reform (Obamacare) will proceed amidst several other challenges. On the other hand, many analysts note that section 1501 provides much of the revenue needed to fund the reformed healthcare format.
President Obama has defended his plan, arguing the requirement for all citizens to purchase health insurance is analogous to the requirement that all motorists purchase automobile insurance. One question I would have in response to that analogy would be: not every citizen drives a car, thus requiring auto insurance; however, every citizen requires medical attention at some point which must be financed via some method. Therefore, I'm not so sure this simplistic analogy really makes sense.
Regardless of your political views or opinion regarding the Court's ruling on this matter, it's a fact that the impact of health insurance is quite important on individuals who sustain injuries in personal injury or workers' compensation claims. Despite our aggressive representation of clients, it often takes significant period to obtain compensation for these injuries. Access to medical care through health insurance is a huge benefit to anyone suffering in pain and facing a difficult legal battle. I would suggest that you always try to protect your access to health insurance, and immediately seek the counsel of a caring, skilled attorney anytime you are pursuing a case.