States Back Health-Law Challenge

Seek reinstatement of Missouri suit that claims reform measure is unconstitutional.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and officials from 20 other states filed court papers supporting a Missouri challenge to the Obama administration’s health-care reform law, his office said in a statement today.

Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder and six state residents sued U.S. officials last July claiming the law is unconstitutional because it requires people to buy health insurance. U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel dismissed the case in April and Kinder appealed.

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