March 4, 2011 — In a story just breaking today, a federal district court judge in Florida issued a stay of his own ruling that the entire health care reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), is unconstitutional.
The order in the challenge to the law would appear to allow implementation to continue in the 26 states involved in the suit because otherwise, Judge Roger Vinson said, it would be “extremely disruptive.” Some state officials had said they were halting implementation because their interpretation was that the PPACA was no longer in effect in their states as a result of Vinson’s Jan. 31 ruling.
Vinson granted a motion by the Department of Justice to clarify his decision. However, he conditioned his stay on the government filing its anticipated appeal of his ruling within seven days. In his order, he appeared to be pushing the government to move more quickly in filing its appeal in an effort to move the case through the court system. Read more here.
Source: American Chiropractic Association, www.acatoday.org