Mon., January 31, 2011 6:00pm (EST)

Federal Healthcare Law Rendered Unconstitutional
By Susanna Capelouto
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Governor Nathan Deal says the federal judge's decision that the law is unconstituional is not a complete victory. (photo: GPB Stock)
Governor Nathan Deal says the federal judge's decision that the law is unconstituional is not a complete victory. (photo: GPB Stock)
Georgia was one of the 26 states that filed the federal lawsuit against health care reform. Governor Nathan Deal says the federal judge's decision that the law is unconstituional is not a complete victory. The state of Georgia, he says, must continue to plan for the law to take effect by 2014.

"The judge did not grant conjunctive relief in this case which means that we are not relieved from the obligation the federal act puts upon the states for it's implementation."

The lawsuit is expected to end up in the U.S. Supreme Court. So far Georgia has received a 1 million dollar federal grant to implement a health care exchange as part of the law. Attorney General Sam Olens says all lawyers working on the case on behalf of Georgia are doing so pro bono.