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Judge puts hold on his ruling tossing out health care law

By Bill Mears, CNN
  • Judge Roger Vinson asks the Obama administration to expedite an appeal on the ruling
  • Judge: The administration "may have perhaps been confused or misunderstood" his ruling

(CNN) -- A federal judge in Florida has issued a stay on his ruling earlier this year that the Obama administration's health care bill could not be enforced.

Judge Roger Vinson, in his order Thursday, put a hold on his January 31 ruling and told the administration to expedite an appeal into whether current parts of the law can remain in effect.

Vinson had 31 ruled that the "individual mandate" requiring most Americans to purchase health insurance or face financial penalties was unconstitutional. He then tossed out the entire law. The Obama administration sought clarification, prompting this latest order.

"While I believe that my order was as clear and unambiguous as it could be," wrote Vinson, "it is possible that the defendants may have perhaps been confused or misunderstood its import."