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Government leaders speak out about health care mandate ruling

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A Federal judge in Florida struck down the nations health care overhaul today.

The judge ruled the Obama Administration's health care reform is unconstitutional.  

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson sided with the argument that the new law violates people's rights by making them purchase health insurance by 2014 or face penalties.  

Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna joined the 26-state lawsuit on behalf of Washington. He says the ruling is a victory for individual and state rights, and the health care mandate is an unconstitutional move by the federal government.  

"Never before in our country's history has congress attempted to require the American people to buy a commercial product with our own money in a private market. And if congress has the power to do that, there's no discernable limit on that power," McKenna said.  

Governor Chris Gregoire also spoke out today in a statement with a much different view:

"There's no question I'm disappointed in today's ruling. Not only did judge Vinson rule against the individual mandate, he declared the entire law unconstitutional. This ruling, as I have stated all along, is not good for Washingtonians." 

The U.S. Department of Justice now has 60 days to appeal the decision.