Appeals court hears challenge to health care law
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.