Romney says Virginia ruling got it right

Mitt Romney, considered a top contender for the Republican presidential nomination, praised Monday's federal court decision ruling that the new healthcare reform law’s individual mandate is unconstitutional, despite having backed a similar measure as governor, the National Journal reports.

“The court ruling supports Mitt Romney’s view that 'ObamaCare' is an unconstitutional power grab by Washington,’’ Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom told the Journal. “We should repeal the law and return to the states the power to determine their own healthcare solutions."

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson said the reform law’s requirement that everyone purchase health insurance by 2014 violates the Constitution’s commerce clause. However, two other federal courts have already upheld the individual mandate, and the Supreme Court is expected to have the final word.

Romney has been trying to make the distinction between the reform law and his own healthcare achievements as governor of Massachusetts, when he supported a statewide individual mandate to buy insurance. Romney has argued that states — and not the federal government — have the right to control their own healthcare systems.