Texas Joins Other States to Challenge Healthcare Bill

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Attorney General Greg Abbott says Texas and other states will legally challenge the federal health care legislation Congress has passed.

Abbott issued a statement late Sunday night after the U.S. House approved the measure. He said the legislation violates the U.S. Constitution and unconstitutionally infringes upon Texans' individual liberties.

The bill passed by Congress is headed to President Barack Obama for his signature. House members voted 219-212 late Sunday to approve a health care overhaul that would extend coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans and make other changes to the nation's health care system.

Only House Democrats voted for the bill. Abbott is a Republican. A number of Texas Republicans have been highly critical of the measure.