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US judge rejects key part of new health care law

from Los Angeles Times

A federal judge in Virginia on Dec. 13 rejected part of the new health care law, becoming the first court to rule that Congress had placed an unconstitutional requirement on Americans to get health insurance. The much-anticipated decision, which the Obama administration is expected to appeal, will not stop implementation of the sweeping overhaul that the president signed in March. The new mandate is not set to go into effect until 2014, when Americans also will gain guarantees that they can get health benefits even if they are sick. On Dec. 13, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson denied a request from Virginia Atty. Gen. Ken Cuccinelli, the lead plaintiff, to stop implementation of the law while higher courts consider the case. more

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