DOJ appealed Florida health care ruling

On March 8, 2011, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) appealed a ruling from the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida declaring that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was unconstitutional. Judge Roger Vinson originally ruled ACA was entirely unconstitutional in January 2011, but issued a stay on his decision in March 2011 on the condition that the government filed an official appeal. The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit heard the government appeal in August 2011 and ruled that the individual health care mandate of ACA is unconstitutional, but is also severable from the rest of the law. The case is scheduled for review before the US Supreme Court at the end of March 2012.

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