Alaska Governor Sean Parnell said on Thursday his state will not apply for federal grants to establish medical insurance exchanges under the newly enacted US healthcare law because a Florida judge has ruled the legislation unconstitutional. Alaska is one of 26 states that joined Florida in bringing a legal challenge to the federal healthcare overhaul. A Florida district judge on January 31 struck down as unconstitutional the law's mandate that individuals must buy health insurance. "The Florida court's declaratory judgment that the federal health care law is unconstitutional is the 'law of the land' as it applies to Alaska, and we will not proceed down an unlawful course to implement it," Parnell said in a statement posted on the governor's website.
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