States’ suit on Obama health plan may go to trial

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge says he likely will let go to trial portions of a lawsuit by Florida and 19 other states challenging the president’s health care overhaul as unconstitutional.

But U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson said at a Tuesday hearing in Pensacola that he expects to dismiss other parts.

Judge Vinson didn’t specify which parts of the lawsuit likely will go to trial but said he will issue a ruling by Oct. 14.

The states and the administration disagree over sections of the law that will require people to have health insurance or face tax penalties. They also disagree over whether states should pay additional Medicaid costs not covered by the federal government.

The lawsuit is likely to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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