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GOP lawmakers one vote away from health care bill OK

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A Republican-penned bill seeking North Carolina to challenge the 2010 health care overhaul law is one vote away from Democratic Gov. Bev. Perdue, who seems ready to ignore the measure if it hits her desk.

The House scheduled debate Tuesday on whether to accept Senate changes to a measure the House approved two weeks ago.

Perdue said last week she wasn't likely to veto the bill, meaning the measure would become law 10 days after she receives it. Perdue's office calls the bill a distraction and says a federal lawsuit challenging the law is already under way.

The bill aims to block a provision requiring most people buy health insurance or face a penalty. The measure also directs Attorney General Roy Cooper to defend the challenge.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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