President Barack Obama's signature health-care law was dealtanother blow as a federal judge ruled two of its key provisionsviolate the Constitution by spending money that hasn't beenappropriated by Congress.

The ruling Thursday by U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer inWashington was a victory for the Republican-led House ofRepresentatives, which claimed the law illegally directs publicmoney to tax credits that make insurance premiums more affordable,and to reductions in deductibles and other “cost sharing” methodsused by insurers. Collyer put her ruling on hold pending anappeal.

The legislators said the disbursements will total $175 billionover a decade and weren't approved by Congress.

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