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White House Reacts to Judge’s Ruling Against Health Care Law

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- White House officials sought to downplay the importance of Monday’s ruling that parts of the president’s signature legislation are unconstitutional -- even as they ultimately anticipated that the matter will end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Do you think this is ultimately going to be decided by the Supreme Court?," ABC News asked White House health care czar Nancy-Ann DeParle.

“Looks that way,” DeParle said.

When asked if the administration was prepared, Deparle replied, “This particular provision doesn’t go into effect until 2014, and there’s plenty of time to get it resolved through the courts before then. And in the meantime we’re working very well with all the states and working to implement the rest of the law.”

The health care bill that President Obama signed into law in March requires that every American who can afford it buys health insurance. But U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson on Monday called that requirement unconstitutional.

The individual mandate "exceeds the constitutional boundaries of congressional power,” he ruled. "At its core, this dispute is not simply about regulating the business of insurance -- or crafting a scheme of universal health insurance coverage -- it's about an individual's right to choose to participate."

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