Looks like even the Democratic led Senate in Virginia is rejecting health care (insurance) mandates.

RICHMOND — Virginia’s Democratic-controlled state Senate passed measures Monday that would make it illegal to require individuals to purchase health insurance, a direct challenge to the party’s efforts in Washington to reform health care.

The bills, a top priority of Virginia’s “tea party” movement, were approved 23 to 17 as five Democrats who represent swing areas of the state joined all 18 Republicans in the chamber in backing the legislation.

The bills were also expected to be approved by the GOP-controlled House of Delegates. Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) said he will review the bills but supports their intent.

As I’ve previously pointed out, health insurance mandates is one of the main points of contention inside the Tea Party movement. This mandate is seen as anti-liberty and it’s clearly unconstitutional on its face.

35 other states have similar bills in the works.

Lawmakers in 35 states have filed or proposed amendments to their state constitutions or statutes rejecting health insurance mandates, according to the American Legislative Exchange Council, a nonprofit group that promotes limited government that is helping coordinate the efforts. Many of those proposals are targeted for the November ballot, assuring that health care remains a hot topic as hundreds of federal and state lawmakers face re-election.

Let’s hope this effort puts a dagger in the heart of unconstitutional health insurance mandates