Va. Ruling Won't Stall ObamaCare: White House

Implementation of it will proceed, says administration
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2010 7:32 AM CST
Updated Dec 14, 2010 8:00 AM CST
In this March 23, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama is applauded after signing the health care bill in the East Room of the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – Implementation of the new health care law will continue to move forward in spite of yesterday's federal court ruling that a key provision of ObamaCare is unconstitutional, the White House says. Regulations will continue to be written, plans to expand Medicaid will be considered, and this week, 150 officials from 45 states will meet in Washington to plan insurance exchanges, competitive markets that will be created in each state by 2014, the New York Times reports.

“Until the Supreme Court makes a decision, I imagine that everyone involved in implementation … will go about their business as if the law will take full effect,” says the director of health policy at the Chamber of Commerce. Even governors and state legislators who have been panning the law are staying the course when it comes to implementation: They told the Times they're doing so in order to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants provided by the law, or because they have a desire to overhaul their own insurance markets, rather than have the government do so for them. (Click for more on the judge who ruled the provision unconstitutional.)

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