Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. (File / WRDW-TV)
Friday, Aug. 12, 2011
ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal and state Attorney General Sam Olens called a federal appeals court ruling striking down part of President Barack Obama's a "huge step toward victory."
In a joint statement, Deal and Olens praised Friday's ruling, saying the state will continue its legal case to have the entire law tossed out.
A divided three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta struck down the so-called individual mandate that requires virtually all Americans to carry health insurance or face penalties. The court sided with Georgia and 25 other states that had sued to block the law. But the panel didn't go as far as a lower court that had invalidated the entire overhaul as unconstitutional.
Deal and Olens said the president's healthcare reform is "on life support."
(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press.)
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