US judge strikes down Obama health care overhaul

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January 31, 2011 23:11

 
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Florida — A US federal judge ruled Monday that the Obama administration's sweeping health care overhaul is unconstitutional, siding with 26 states that sued to block it.

US District Judge Roger Vinson 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 next stop is likely the US Supreme Court. Two other federal judges have upheld the insurance requirement, but a federal judge in Virginia also ruled the insurance provision violates the Constitution.

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