A federal judge said he will likely dismiss only parts of a lawsuit by 20 states challenging the Obama administration's healthcare overhaul as unconstitutional, though he didn't specifically say what portions.
Anti-reform lawsuit likely going to trial
The Obama administration had asked U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson to dismiss the entire lawsuit. 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.
The judge said he will issue a ruling by Oct. 14. The lawsuit is likely to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Florida's Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum filed the lawsuit just minutes after President Barack Obama signed the 10-year, $938 billion healthcare bill into law last March. He chose a court in Pensacola, one of Florida's most conservative cities. A similar case is unfolding in Virginia. There, the Obama administration also tried to get the lawsuit dismissed, saying Virginia lacked standing to sue, but a federal judge has allowed it to continue, ruling that the overhaul raises complex constitutional issues.
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