MO GOP Seeks Answers From Koster on Fed. Health Care Law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) –  Missouri Republicans are seeking to get the state’s Democratic attorney general involved in the discussion about the federal health care law.

The Missouri Republicans are keeping up pressure over the federal health care law and seeking to draw the state’s Democratic attorney general into the discussion about the overhaul approved last year by Congress.

There were public urgings directed at the attorney general’s office last year, and over the last month, there have been several attempts to spur action.

In mid-January, the Republican-controlled state House approved a resolution that called on Attorney General Chris Koster to challenge the federal health care law or join a lawsuit that already has been filed against the law.

And earlier this month, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and the Republican House and Senate leaders asked Koster for a determination about whether the federal health care law could be enforced in Missouri after a federal judge in Florida ruled that the law was unconstitutional.

In their request, the GOP leaders invoked a duty of the attorney general’s office to respond to requests for legal
opinions from the Legislature and certain other officials.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved

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