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Healthcare coalition files friend-of-the-court brief in appeal of Fla. ruling
Modern Healthcare

A coalition of six industry groups that say they represent virtually every hospital and health system in the country has filed a friend-of-the-court brief (PDF) with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta arguing that a judge in Pensacola, Fla., should not have struck down the year-old healthcare reform law. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled Jan. 31 that the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was constitutionally invalid because Congress did not have the power to compel private individuals to purchase insurance.