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TALLAHASSEE â?? Reverberations of a Florida judge’s ruling that the federal health care law is unconstitutional are spreading throughout the country, with supporters and opponents of the overhaul using the decision to draw their lines in the sand.

In Washington, Republican senators called the ruling a “second stake in ObamaCare” and immediately introduced repeal legislation with plans for a vote today. Nationwide, attorneys general, governors and consumer groups debated the impact of the ruling on changes that have already taken place and those in the works.

Florida officials made their direction clear: We will not move forward to implement this law.

Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty on Tuesday gave back a $1 million federal grant awarded to the state to assist with reforms. The money would have paid for a system to provide information to consumers on the rates of large-group insurers.

And Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the state will wait until the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on the case before it plans for pieces of the legislation that haven’t gone into effect.

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