Mar 22, 2010 12:00 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

States line up to challenge health care overhaul

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States are already lining up to sue the federal government over the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Officials in at least 10 states have agreed to file a lawsuit challenging the legislation.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says he plans to file the complaint "the moment Obama signs the bill."

Other states planning to challenge the bill are Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Utah and Washington. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said the measure "tramples on individual liberty."

Bruning, a Republican, did not explain in his statement why he believes the bill is unconstitutional. But other attorneys general have said it violates state sovereignty by mandating that all Americans have some form of health insurance.


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