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May 12, 2010 4:16 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Government responds to court challenge of health care law

The Obama administration has made a formal response to those who argue the new health care law is an infringement on personal freedom.

In a federal court filing in Michigan, the Thomas More Law Center says the requirement that American buy health insurance represents an unprecedented government mandate on American citizens that restricts both personal and economic freedom. In its response, the Justice Department makes the case that the minimum coverage mandate is a valid exercise of Congress' power to regulate interstate commerce, adding that the courts "may not second-guess the factual record upon which Congress relied."

The administration argues that the challenge should not be allowed to go forward in the courts, because the minimum coverage requirement inflicts no actual or imminent injury. It's the administration's first court response to a challenge to the health care law. Many state have filed legal challenges.

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