The judge expects the Administration will meet that deadline so the states will, in all likelihood, have to continue with implementation as the case winds it's way through the courts.
Federal District Judge Roger Vinson ruled in favor of the states when he said the law is unconstitutional, but in his ruling today Vinson says it's in the best interest of the nation to continue with the massive health overhaul while the cases work their way through the legal system.
Florida and 25 states sued to block the law. While several other lawsuits have been filed in other federal courts, this case has attained something akin to premier status because it involves so many of the 50 states.
In his initial ruling which declared the law unconstitutional, Judge Vinson said Congress overstepped its authority when it passed a law forcing American citizens to buy health insurance.
During the initial trial Judge Vinson took particular exception to the fact that while pushing the controversial bill through Congress, the administration insisted the mandate to buy health insurance was not a tax, but when this lawsuit went to court the administration claimed it was a tax.