By James Clark - email
LUBBOCK & AUSTIN, TX (KCBD) - A federal judge in Florida strikes down the heathcare bill lobbied through Congress last year by President Barack Obama. Texas is one of 27 states suing the federal government to stop the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
"This is a great day for liberty and the vitality of the U.S. Constitution," says Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Abbott's office says in a written statement that the mandate for every individual to have health insurance is unconstitutional and the judge's ruling strikes down the entire law.
However, the judge did not prevent the law from being enforced at this time. That gives Justice Department lawyers a chance to appeal. Two federal judges have ruled against the act. Two others have affirmed it.
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