A York County couple’s suit to block enforcement of the federal health care reform law’s “individual mandate” has cleared a significant hurdle now that a federal judge in Harrisburg has ruled that the couple has standing to bring the suit even though the provision won’t take effect until 2014.

But U.S. District Judge Christopher C. Conner has not yet addressed whether the plaintiffs have a valid theory that the law is unconstitutional on the grounds that Congress exceeded its power under the Commerce Clause.

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