Judge: States suit vs health reform can proceed

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Attorneys General Bill McCollum, center, of Florida; Troy King, left, of Alabama; and Mark Shurtleff, right, of Utah hold a press conference outside the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Pensacola, Fla. Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, after a hearing to have all or portions of the Affordable Care Act dismissed as unconstitutional.(AP Photo/Pensacola News Journal, Tony Giberson)

A federal judge in Florida has ruled that a suit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act may go to trial, the Associated Press reports.

The ruling by Florida District Judge Roger Vinson Thursday came a day after a federal judge in Michigan threw out a similar suit.

Here’s an early version of the report from AP reporter Melissa Nelson:

A federal judge says some parts of a lawsuit by 20 states challenging the Obama administration’s health care overhaul as unconstitutional can go to trial.

District Judge Roger Vinson ruled Thursday in Pensacola, Fla., that some parts of the lawsuit need to be heard. The administration had asked him to dismiss the entire lawsuit, which was spearheaded by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum.

The lawsuit is likely to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The states and the administration disagree over whether people should be required to have health insurance, and whether states should pay additional Medicaid costs not covered by the federal government.

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