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Feds ask judge to drop healthcare overhaul suit

AP/Washington Post, June 18, 2010

The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by 20 states challenging President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul. The motion says the U.S. District Court in Pensacola, FL, lacks subject-matter jurisdiction over some claims raised in the suit. The motion also says other parts of the lawsuit fail to state claims upon which relief can be granted. A key issue in the suit by the states, National Federation of Independent Business, and several individual taxpayers is whether the federal government can require individuals to purchase healthcare insurance and fine those who fail to do so.