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Health care ruling: What will White House do now?

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(Read caption) President Obama speaks as First Lady Michelle Obama looks on before signing into law the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington on Monday.

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A federal judge on Monday declared a key provision of President Obama’s health care law unconstitutional. The ruling energized Republicans who hope to repeal or limit the legislation, and ensures that health care will remain a contentious political issue for months, perhaps years, to come.

That’s not the way Obama hoped things would turn out when he signed his signature health reforms into law. Given the new political realities of health care, what’s the White House going to do now?

The first thing the administration is likely to do is push hard to write regulations and implement the law as fast as it can. Judge Henry E. Hudson’s ruling struck down only the law’s requirement that individuals obtain health insurance. He specifically said that the roll-out of health care reform can continue, given that the so-called “individual mandate” would not take effect until 2014.

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