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NC House Committee Attacks Health Care Insurance Provision

RALEIGH - Newly installed Republicans leaders in the General Assembly are showing they want to add North Carolina to the fight over the federal health care reform law. The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved legislation to try to block a provision of the federal law requiring Americans to buy insurance beginning in 2014 or pay a penalty. The measure could see a vote in the full House as early as next week. Republican lawmakers say the bill is designed to force Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper to join 26 other states in a lawsuit challenging the federal health care law's constitutionality or to defend the state law banning the insurance mandate. Cooper has refused to join litigation by other states. His spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.