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.

Abbott and officials from other states filed a brief yesterday asking the federal appeals court in St. Louis to reinstate the lawsuit. The states claim that the mandatory insurance provision of the health-care law violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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