Judge Dismisses Ohio Lawsuit Over Health Care Law Tax

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine that challenged what DeWine called an unconstitutional health care tax levied on state and local governments.

The 2015 lawsuit argued there was no precedent allowing the collection of $6.25 million the previous year from government entities and nothing in the federal health care law that allowed such a tax.

At issue is a provision in the law permitting tax assessments against health insurance companies and certain employers who offer self-insured group health plans to help keep premiums affordable.

Judge Algenon Marbley on Tuesday called the law constitutional because it regulates state and local governments in their capacity as employers.

Lawsuit parties include Shawnee State, Bowling Green and Youngstown state universities and the University of Akron.