January 31, 2011 / 9:27 PM / 8 years ago

Obama administration to appeal healthcare ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that invalidated the landmark healthcare law because the requirement that Americans buy insurance was unconstitutional, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday.

Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said the administration believed the law was constitutional and is considering asking the court to stay the lower court ruling pending appeal.

The appeal will go to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky and James Vicini; Editing by Sandra Maler

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