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Published April 06, 2010, 09:44 AM

North Dakota Joining Health Care Challenge

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says North Dakota is joining a legal challenge to the recently approved federal health care bill.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says

North Dakota is joining a legal challenge to the recently approved

federal health care bill.

A group of more than a dozen states is suing three federal

agencies that will administer the law. It says individuals have to

buy health coverage, and they may have to pay a fine if they don't

have it.

The North Dakota Republican says the requirement goes beyond the

U.S. Constitution's limits on the powers of the federal government.

A North Dakota Democratic spokeswoman says the lawsuit is

frivolous.

Stenehjem says the lawsuit doesn't address most of the

provisions of the health care bill.

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