The Obama Administration through the Justice Department has filed a motion for an expedited appeal of a Jan. 31 federal district court order that ruled the entire health care reform law unconstitutional.

U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson, senior judge in the Northern District of Florida, Pensacola Division, on March 4 granted a conditional stay of his order, but chastised the Administration for continuing to implement provisions of the law since the initial ruling. Vinson issued the stay on the condition that the Administration file an appeal within seven days as of March 4, and seek an expedited appellate review either in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals or Supreme Court.

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