Judge puts part of health care suit on hold

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge has put on hold portions of a Mississippi lawsuit against Obama administration's health care law.

U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett, in a ruling issued Nov. 23, stayed consideration of parts of the April 2010 lawsuit not involving medical privacy issues. He said those issues were pending before the Supreme Court in a case out of Florida.

The Mississippi lawsuit argues the health care reform law's requirement that every American buy health insurance would injure them. The law provides tax penalties starting in 2014 for those who don't have medical insurance.

Starrett's decision was first reported by the Hattiesburg American (http://hatne.ws/sJqb0h ).

The Mississippi plaintiffs include Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant - acting as a private citizen - and 10 others.

Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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