President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law was dealt another blow as a federal judge ruled two of its key provisions violate the Constitution by spending money that hasn’t been appropriated by Congress.

The ruling Thursday by U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer in Washington was a victory for the Republican-led House of Representatives, which claimed the law illegally directs public money to tax credits that make insurance premiums more affordable, and to reductions in deductibles and other “cost sharing” methods used by insurers. Collyer put her ruling on hold pending an appeal.


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