Judge: No quick appeal in House lawsuit over health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has denied an Obama administration request for a quick appeal in a legal challenge House Republicans have brought against the president's health care law.

U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ruled last month that the House can pursue its claim that the administration is unconstitutionally spending money Congress has not appropriated for the health law.

On Monday, she denied an administration request to swiftly appeal her ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

The administration says it's using previously approved money. It says the courts should not get involved in a political dispute between the legislative and executive branches.

At stake is $175 billion the government is reimbursing health insurers over a decade to reduce co-payments for lower-income people.