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article imageObama health care law ruled unconstitutional by federal judge

By Vincent Sobotka     Jan 31, 2011 in Politics
Washington - A federal judge's unconstitutional ruling on Monday, January 31, is the latest challenge in an ongoing debate regarding U.S. President Barrack Obama's healthcare reform plan.
U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson of Florida presented an unconstitutional ruling to mandate that citizens purchase health insurance if not already covered. Vinson's ruling on the law was the fourth among federal trial judges and the second to deem the law unconstitutional.
According to a USA Today report, in December, 2010, U.S. District Court Judge Henrey Hudson of Richmond, VA also gave the same unconstitutional ruling. Vinson, however, went further to declare that the invalidated individual-mandate provision could not be separated from the rest of the health-care overhaul. The two other rulings were to uphold the law.
Vinson did decline to block the law while administration officials appealed the decision. Senior administration officials do not believe that Vinson's ruling will provide any delay to the implementation of health care reform, unless Congress passes vote to repeal the law, or the Supreme Court also rules the law unconstitutional.
To date, only trial court judges have ruled on the constitutionality of the law.
"We don't believe this kind of judicial activism will be upheld and we are confident that the (law) will ultimately be declared constitutional by the courts," stated President Obama's deputy senior advisor, Stephanie Cutter, on the White House blog.
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