Health overhaul fight in pivotal Atlanta court

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ATLANTA -- The latest round in the ongoing fight over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul has landed in the federal appeals court in Atlanta.

A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear arguments Wednesday on whether to reverse a Florida judge's ruling that struck down the law.

Some 26 states opposing the law and an alliance of small businesses are set to argue that Congress didn't have the power to require virtually all Americans to maintain health insurance. The Justice Department says the legislative branch exercised its "quintessential" right.

Two similar lawsuits are pending in Virginia. Three federal judges have upheld the law and two have invalidated it.

(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.)

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