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Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas)

Lawmakers seek to put reform on hold

By Jessica Zigmond
Posted: February 4, 2011 - 2:30 pm ET

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) has introduced legislation to halt further implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act until there has been a final judicial resolution in pending lawsuits that have challenged the 2010 law.

With 15 Republican co-sponsors—including Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Mike Johanns of Nebraska and Jon Kyl of Arizona—the bill would delay provisions and new regulations of the Affordable Care Act not in effect on the date of enactment until there is a final resolution regarding the court cases. The bill would not suspend the provisions of the law that are already in effect.

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“States should not be forced to shoulder costly federal budgets that may eventually be ruled null and void, especially in the face of an estimated $124.7 billion budget shortfall this fiscal year alone,” Hutchison said in a news release on Friday. “For clarity and to prevent additional wasted time and money, Congress should impose a moratorium on further implementation of the healthcare reform law until the courts render a final judicial decision.”

On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson in Pensacola, Fla., ruled the entire Affordable Care Act void because he said the individual mandate to buy insurance is unconstitutional.

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