Suit on Health Care Bill might advance

Health Care Bill USArguments on December 16 on a lawsuit by 20 U. S. states seeking to block President Barack Obama's overhaul of the U. S. healthcare system would be heard by a Florida judge Roger Vinson on Tuesday.

The follow-up hearing on the lawsuit led by Florida and involving 19 other states, was ordered by Vinson who is weighing a motion by the Justice Department to dismiss the lawsuit. In March, by mostly Republican state attorneys general, the lawsuit was originally filed.

By October 14, Vinson would formally rule on the dismissal motion but an indication about the case not being dismissed was given by the judge already, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum informed.

He added, "The judge's apparent decision today means we will proceed."

Two hours of arguments in Vinson's Pensacola courtroom on Tuesday had taken place and McCollum was referring to the outcome of these arguments.

At least one of the government's motions for dismissal of the case was likely to be rejected as stated by the judge during the hearing, but no elaboration was however given on it.

The White House might have to defend its reforms in the middle of a campaign before the November midterm Congressional elections if an adverse ruling on the dismissal takes place and it would just be a setback for the Obama government.