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Ken Cuccinelli: Health Care Mandate Like Forcing People to Buy Guns


President Obama's health care overhaul faced an important setback Monday, when Judge Henry Hudson ruled that a key provision in the bill, known as the individual mandate, is unconstitutional. The ruling was a victory for Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli who, many believed, faced a certain defeat in the courts.

He joined CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer on Tuesday's Washington Unplugged and explained why the individual mandate is detrimental to the Constitution. He compared it to the federal government forcing Americans to buy guns for the sake of national security.

"Never before in our history has the federal government ordered Americans to buy a product under the guise of regulating commerce," he said. "Imagine if this bill were that in order to protect our communities and homeland security, every American had to buy a gun. Can you image the reaction across the country to that?"

Watch his comments above. Tuesday's Washington Unplugged also featured No Label's Kiki McClean and a tribute to the late Richard Holbrook from CBS News national security correspondent David Martin. Washington Unplugged airs every weekday at 12:30 p.m. ET on

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