The Obama administration said it will appeal a Florida judge’s ruling that last year’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act overstepped limits on congressional power by compelling people to buy insurance. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson said this week’s ruling is based on the logic that if the government required citizens to purchase health care insurance, they could also force Americans to buy clothes or food.  Because the insurance mandate is central to the legislation, the entire law must be voided, he said.

The White House was quick to respond: "The judge's decision contradicts decades of Supreme Court precedent that support the considered judgment of the democratically elected branches of government that the act's individual responsibility provision is necessary to prevent billions of dollars of cost-shifting every year by individuals without insurance who cannot pay for the health care they obtain," White House adviser Stephanie Cutter wrote in an Internet posting.

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