States argue against implementing health care law

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Posted: Feb 24, 2011 3:51 PM
States argue against implementing health care law

Florida and 25 other states suing to stop President Barack Obama's health care overhaul say in a new legal filing that they should be allowed to stop following the law immediately.

The states filed a response late Wednesday to an earlier Justice Department request. The states say a federal judge in Florida declared that the law is unconstitutional, meaning they do not need to implement it.

The Justice Department wants the judge to order the states to follow the law pending an appeal to a higher court.

The health care law seems certain to be resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court. Two other U.S. district judges have upheld the law, and a third ruled against one of its provisions.