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From the Associated Press:

PENSACOLA, Fla. - A federal judge in Florida says the Obama administration's health
overhaul is unconstitutional, siding with 26 states that had sued to block it.

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson on Monday accepted without trial the states' argument
that the new law violates people's rights by forcing them to buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties.

Attorneys for the administration had argued that the states did not have standing to
challenge the law and that the case should be dismissed.

The case is likely to go to the U.S. Supreme Court. Two other federal judges have
upheld the insurance requirement, but a federal judge in Virginia also ruled the insurance requirement unconstitutional.

Here is the link to the AP story that will be updated.

Vinson's ruling has already garnered attention for his conclusion that "Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void."

POLITICO has posted the full decision at this link.



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