Obama Administration Asks Judge to Clarify Health Ruling

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Pensacola, FL (AP) - The Justice Department is asking a federal judge in Florida to tell states that they must continue to enact the Obama administration's health care overhaul despite the judge's ruling that the law is unconstitutional.

In a motion to clarify filed late Thursday, attorneys for the Obama administration asked U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson to make clear that states cannot ignore the new health care laws while his ruling is being appealed.

Vinson ruled Jan. 31 that President Barack Obama's entire health
care overhaul law is unconstitutional. That placed even noncontroversial provisions under a cloud in a broad challenge that seems certain to be resolved only by the Supreme Court.

The lawsuit was filed by Florida and 25 other states.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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