Missouri lt. gov. challenges federal health care law - KMOV.com

Missouri lt. gov. challenges federal health care law


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has filed a legal challenge to the federal health care overhaul that accuses Congress of overstepping its authority and trampling on state sovereignty.

Kinder's lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Cape Girardeau. The suit contends that Congress cannot force people to buy a product nor demand that state officials enforce a "federal scheme."

Kinder pledged in March to challenge the federal law. Initially, the Republican lieutenant governor planned to join nearly two dozen other states in a lawsuit filed by the Florida attorney general. Instead, the lieutenant governor sued in his personal and official capacity with three other Missourians.

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