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Obama Administration Awaits Florida Judge’s Next Health Law Ruling

Politico reports that the expected ruling could be another blow for the White House. Meanwhile, The Hill analyzes the importance of the fact that all the judges who have ruled thus far on health law challenges have agreed that the individual mandate involves a penalty, not a tax.

Politico: Obama's 'Risky Move' In Florida
U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson has already dealt the Obama administration a staggering blow on health reform, and this week the administration may get another one from the fiery Florida judge (Nather, 2/27).

The Hill: Judges' Agreement On Health Care Penalties Not Being A Tax Is Key
Federal judges who have ruled on the constitutionality of health care reform have split along but party lines, but they all agree on one thing: The law's fine for failing to obtain health coverage is a penalty, not a tax (Millman, 2/27).

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