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Healthcare law: Federal judge declares healthcare law UNCONSTITUTIONAL – latimes.com

January 31, 2011

Federal judge says healthcare law is unconstitutional

He cites the requirement to buy insurance. The ruling is the most sweeping blow yet to President Obama’s signature domestic achievement.

By Noam N. Levey and David G. Savage, Washington Bureau

February 1, 2011

Reporting from Washington — A federal judge in Florida dealt President Obama’s healthcare overhaul a sweeping blow Monday, ruling the law unconstitutional because of its requirement that Americans have health insurance starting in 2014.

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson declined to suspend the law but said the government should abide by his ruling, potentially complicating implementation in some states.

DOCUMENTS: Read Judge Vinson’s decision

The Washington lawyer who represented the 26 states in the lawsuit said the ruling freed them from complying with its provisions, including requirements not to cut people from their Medicaid programs, as some governors say they want to do.

“For the 26 states that were parties to this suit, the entire statute is dead,” said David B. Rivkin Jr. “The decision has immediate force, and it means all the new Medicaid stuff is gone.”

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