Even though a Florida Judge found a portion of health care reform unconstitutional, White House officials and Democrats insist implementation of the law will continue without interruption, both on the federal level and in the states. Most states are moving forward, planning for Medicaid expansion, state-based exchanges, new medical payout standards and other provisions of the law.
This week's decision put into question the part of the law which requires individuals to purchase health insurance by 2014 or face stiff penalties. Senator Michael Enzi, R-Wyo., the Ranking Member on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, says Judge Vinson's decision moves one step closer to allowing Americans to keep the plans they have and preventing the higher insurance premiums that will result from this deeply flawed law.
Robert Alt, an analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation, says because the entire act was struck down, the future requirements to expand Medicaid programs will be suspended, at least as to the 26 states that were a party to the original suit. He says these states will be relieved of their obligation to make plans for such expansion in the immediate future.