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Healthcare overhaul is up against long campaign across U.S.

Washington Post, May 12, 2010

Efforts to block a key provision of the new healthcare overhaul law are underway in 33 states, as a growing roster of mostly Republican officials have mounted legal and legislative challenges to an eventual requirement that virtually all Americans buy health insurance or pay a penalty tax. On May 14, seven more states will formally join a lawsuit originally filed by Florida and 12 other states in late March. The suit contends that Congress lacks the constitutional authority to mandate an individual's participation in an insurance plan, and that it has infringed on states' rights by requiring them to extend coverage to more low-income residents without fully funding the additional cost.