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Florida judge’s ruling clears way to put health care overhaul on trial

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WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Florida handed opponents of the new health care law an early procedural victory Thursday, rejecting a bid by the Obama administration to throw out the leading lawsuit challenging the sweeping overhaul. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson did not decide if the new law violates the Constitution by requiring Americans to get health insurance, a central contention of the lawsuit being pursued by 20 states.

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