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Appeals court hears challenge to health care law

2 years 5 days 10 hours ago December 02, 2014 Dec 2, 2014 Tuesday, December 02 2014 December 02, 2014 2:11 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Kevin McGill

NEW ORLEANS - Opponents of President Obama's health care overhaul law say Democrats used an unconstitutional amendment process to get it through Congress.

Health care law opponents told a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday that the bill violates the Constitution's requirement that tax-raising measures must start in the House. The lawsuit contends that the law originated in the Senate.

That argument was rejected earlier this year by U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas of Texas who said that raising revenue was not the overarching purpose of the bill. She also noted that the bill did start in the House, although it was stripped of its original language in the Senate.

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