States Respond to Feds' Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Twenty states and the nation's most
influential small business lobby are about to respond to the
federal government's attempt to dismiss their lawsuit challenging
President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

The states, the National Federation of Independent Business and
several individual taxpayers will file their response Friday.

A key issue raised in the lawsuit is whether the federal
government can require individuals to purchase health care
insurance and fine those who fail to do so.

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, a Republican candidate
for governor, is leading the legal challenge. The Justice
Department in June asked a federal judge to dimiss the lawsuit,
saying Pensacola's federal court lacks subject-matter jurisdiction
over some of its claims.

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