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Obama administration to appeal lower-court health ruling

The Justice Department responded promptly to today's ruling on the health-care law, pledging to appeal.

"We strongly disagree with the court's ruling today and continue to believe -- as other federal courts have found -- that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional," said Justice spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler.

"There is clear and well-established legal precedent that Congress acted within its constitutional authority in passing this law, and we are confident that we will ultimately prevail on appeal.

"We are analyzing this opinion to determine what steps, if any -- including seeking a stay -- are necessary while the appeal is pending to continue our progress toward ensuring that Americans do not lose out on the important protections this law provides; that the millions of children and adults who depend on Medicaid programs receive the care the law requires; and that the millions of seniors on Medicare receive the benefits they need," she said.