Health care ruling applauded
Posted: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 8:01 pm
NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is hailing a ruling by a federal judge in Florida that President Obama’s health care overhaul is unconstitutional.
Haslam, who took office Jan. 15, said the ruling is a “crucial step” toward voiding the unfunded mandate the health care law imposes on the states.
The governor, who began weeklong budget hearings Monday, told reporters that the decision has no immediate effect on his plans for the state spending plans because most of the costs associated with the new law are still several years in the future.
Haslam said he also expects there will be several appeals and that a final ruling on the health care plan is a long way off.
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