N.C. leaders support challenge to healthcare reform overhaul

RALEIGH, N.C (AP) -- North Carolina's Republican legislative
leaders have joined Minnesota legislators to put their two cents in
to support litigation in which 26 states have challenged last
year's federal health care overhaul.

Attorneys for lawmakers from the two states filed Wednesday a
friend-of-the-court brief in a lawsuit by arguing the overhaul law
is unconstitutional, violates the rights of states and would force
taxpayers to spend hundreds of millions of dollars more annually on
Medicaid.

The case is currently before the federal appeals court in
Atlanta.

The Republican-led Legislature passed a bill in February
directing Attorney General Roy Cooper to challenge the mandate in
the law that citizens purchase health insurance by 2014 or face a
penalty, but Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue vetoed it. The G-O-P
didn't have enough votes for an override.

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