The states challenging the federal health care overhaul have filed a brief urging a U.S. appeals court to strike down the law.
The filing by 26 of the 50 states on Wednesday asked the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to uphold a federal judge's ruling that the changes were unconstitutional. It said the new law pushes the "federal government's constitutional powers past the breaking point."
The Justice Department asked the court to review the ruling in April, saying Congress had clear authority to make the changes.
The legal showdown was set up in January when U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson in Florida ruled that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring nearly all Americans to carry health insurance. Other federal judges have issued varying rulings on the issue.
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