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NC House panel taking up health care law challenge

Associated Press Modified: January 27, 2011 at 3:03 am •  Published: January 26, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Newly installed Republicans leaders in the General Assembly are ready to tackle legislation that would attempt to weaken the federal health care reform law.

The House Judiciary Committee scheduled a meeting Thursday to debate legislation filed on the session's first day Wednesday that would try to block a provision requiring Americans to buy insurance beginning in 2014 or face a monetary penalty.

The bill also would require Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper to defend the law in court if it is enacted. Cooper has refused to join litigation by other states to challenge the law's constitutionality.

Challenging the health care law was one of 10 items GOP legislative candidates put on their list of campaign promises last fall.