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Judge: Indiana Can Sue IRS Over Health Care Rules

Judge: Indiana Can Sue IRS Over Health Care Rules

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has ruled Indiana and 39 state school districts can sue the Internal Revenue Service over rules it imposed to implement the federal health care overhaul.

WRTV-TV reports the judge on Tuesday declined an IRS request to dismiss the 2013 lawsuit by the districts.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis contends the federal health care law doesn't allow financial penalties in states that didn't create their own online insurance marketplaces. Such states instead ceded that task to the federal government.

The lawsuit asks the federal court to issue an injunction blocking the IRS and other federal agencies from applying the law and the penalties it calls for.

A hearing on the lawsuit was set for October.