President Barack Obama is confident that key aspects of his healthcare law will survive, even after a Federal judge in Virginia ruled that the individual-mandate provision was unconstitutional.
In an interview with Ohio ABC affiliate WSYX 6, the President said that he strongly disagrees with the Dec. 13 decision by Judge Henry Hudson, but he is not worried about the law's fate because other judges have backed the legislation.
"I'm confident that this will be upheld in the courts," Obama told the news provider. "Keep in mind, we had already had two other Federal courts rule that it was constitutional, we have had 12 other courts that have dismissed challenges to the healthcare law."
According to The Christian Science Monitor, the ruling in Virginia will likely prompt Obama's administration to push forward with plans to implement regulations that may be difficult to reverse once they are in place. Republicans, on the other hand, are eager to have the issue decided by the Supreme Court.
The news source reports that Representative Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has called on the Justice Department to bypass appeals and fast-track the case to the nation's highest court.
Meanwhile, Richard Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, called the ruling a "victory for the entire Tea Party movement and constitutional conservatives everywhere."