Fla. Judge Considers Health Care Law Challenge

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A federal judge in Pensacola, Fla., is considering whether President Barack Obama's health care law violates the U.S. Constitution. 

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson heared legal arguments on whether to dismiss the case or move toward a ruling on the constitutionality of the new law.

Florida and 19 other states filed a lawsuit claiming the health care law passed by Congress earlier this, year violates the Constitution. They particularly object to certain sections of the law that impose tax penalties on people who don't have health insurance.

CBN News spoke with Colby May, attorney for the American Center for Law and Justice, about the health care law suit.  The group is also challenging the legislation.  Click play for his comments.

The challengers "feel they have a political tail wind behind them," Simon Lazarus, counsel for the National Senior Citizens Law Center, told The Seattle Times. "They are getting out their political message, and judges are affected by what's going on in society."
     
There is also a disagreement within the Obama administration over whether states should pay additional Medicaid costs not covered by the federal government. 
     
Legal experts predict the lawsuit will likely wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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