13 Attorneys General Sue Over Health Care Overhaul

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – (AP) Attorneys general from 13 states sued the federal government Tuesday, claiming the landmark health care overhaul bill is unconstitutional just seven minutes after President Barack Obama signed it into law. The lawsuit was filed in Pensacola after the Democratic president...

Small Business Lobby To Go To Court On Health Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (AP) Attorneys general and governors for 20 states won't be alone in their legal challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The nation's most influential small business lobby is going to court with them. The National Federation of Independent Business...

Feds Ask Judge To Drop Health Care Overhaul Suit

PENSACOLA, Fla. - (AP) The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by 20 states challenging President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The motion filed late Wednesday says the U.S. District Court in Pensacola lacks subject-matter jurisdiction over some claims raised...

States Respond In Health Care Overhaul Lawsuit

PENSACOLA, Fla. - (AP) Twenty states and the nation's most influential small business lobby plan Friday to file their response to the government's attempt to dismiss their lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The Justice Department in June asked a federal judge...

States' Suit On Obama Health Plan May Go To Trial

PENSACOLA, Fla. - (AP) A federal judge says he likely will let go to trial portions of a lawsuit by Florida and 19 other states challenging the president's health care overhaul as unconstitutional. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

Judge: Lawsuit Over Health Overhaul Can Go To Trial

PENSACOLA, Fla. - (AP) Crucial pieces of a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's health care overhaul can go to trial, with a judge ruling Thursday he wants to hear more arguments over whether it's constitutional to force citizens to buy health insurance. In a written ruling, U.S. District...

Oklahoma AG Challenges Federal Health Care Overhaul

OKLAHOMA CITY - (AP) Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed a legal challenge against the federal health care overhaul President Barack Obama signed into law last year. Pruitt's filing Friday in U.S. District Court in Muskogee makes Oklahoma the 28th state to challenge the constitutionality...

Florida Judge Strikes Down Obama Health Care Overhaul

PENSACOLA, Fla. - (AP) A federal judge ruled Monday that the Obama administration's health care overhaul is unconstitutional, siding with 26 states that sued to block it. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson accepted without trial the states' argument that the new law violates people's rights...

Hatch: Kagan Should Sit Out Health Care Reform Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, an opponent of the recently enacted health care overhaul, says Justice Elena Kagan should not take part in the widely expected Supreme Court consideration of the new law. Hatch's call is part of the broad legal and political maneuvering on both...

Mississippi Judge Dismisses Health Care Overhaul Lawsuit

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - (AP) A federal judge is dismissing a lawsuit in Mississippi that challenges part of the Obama administration's health care law, but giving the plaintiffs 30 days to make changes to their complaint. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett ruled Thursday that the several people who...

Obama Administration Asks Judge To Clarify Health Ruling

PENSACOLA, Fla. - (AP) The Justice Department asked a federal judge in Florida on Thursday to tell states that they must continue to enact the Obama administration's health care overhaul despite the judge's ruling that the law is unconstitutional. In a motion to clarify, administration attorneys...

Judge: States Must Continue With Health Care Overhaul

PENSACOLA, Fla. - (AP) A federal judge who declared President Barack Obama's health care overhaul unconstitutional ruled Thursday that states must continue implementing it while the case makes its way through the courts. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson was responding to a request from Obama administration...

Government Tells Judge It Is Appealing On Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Obama administration is appealing a judge's ruling that found the federal overhaul of the health care system unconstitutional. In a two-page notice Tuesday to a federal court in Pensacola, Fla., the Justice Department said the Health and Human Services Department and other...

11th Circuit Speeds Up Health Overhaul Appeal

(AP) A federal appeals court has agreed to act swiftly in considering a Florida judge's ruling that President Obama's health care overhaul is unconstitutional. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta said Friday that it had agreed to expedite the appeal, setting a faster timetable. . . ...

Federal Court Tosses New Hampshire Man's Health Overhaul Lawsuit

CONCORD, N.H. - (AP) A federal court has thrown out a New Hampshire man's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the government's health care overhaul, saying he lacked standing to sue because his Medicare coverage will automatically satisfy the law's insurance mandate. Harold Peterson...

Federal Government Appeals Judge's Health Care Ruling

ATLANTA - (AP) The federal health care overhaul's core requirement to make virtually all citizens buy health insurance or face tax penalties is constitutional because Congress has the authority to regulate interstate business, the Justice Department said in its appeal of a ruling that struck down...

States Ask 11th Circuit To Overturn Obama Health Care Overhaul

ATLANTA - (AP) More than two dozen states challenging the health care overhaul urged a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday to strike down the Obama administration's landmark law, arguing it far exceeds the federal government's powers. The motion, filed on behalf of 26 states, urges the 11th Circuit...

4th Circuit Panel In Virginia Hears Health Care Cases

RICHMOND, Va. - (AP) A federal appeals panel dominated by appointees of President Barack Obama heard more than two hours of arguments Tuesday in two Virginia lawsuits challenging his health care overhaul. The three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vigorously questioned lawyers on...

11th Circuit Strikes Health Insurance Requirement

ATLANTA - (AP) A federal appeals panel struck down the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care overhaul Friday, moving the argument over whether Americans can be required to buy health insurance a step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. The divided three-judge panel of the 11th...