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Justice Dept. to appeal VA court ruling

The Justice Department says the government will appeal Monday's ruling that found a portion of the health-care law unconstitutional.

The Department believes this case should follow the ordinary course of allowing the courts of appeals to hear it first so the issues and arguments can be fully developed before the Supreme Court decides whether to consider it. As Judge Hudson noted in denying an injunction, the individual responsibility provision does not go into effect until 2014, so there is more than sufficient time for the courts to consider this case in their normal course of business.