The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va., has refused to consider the merits of two challenges to the Affordable Care Act, citing a lack of legal standing.

The State of Virginia, a day after President Obama signed the health reform legislation, enacted a state law to prohibit residents from being forced to buy health insurance in essence challenging the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate--and then filed suit against the Obama administration. In December, Judge Henry Hudson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled the individual mandate was unconstitutional but upheld the rest of the Act.

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