Minnesota Attorney General Sides with Feds on Health CareMinnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has rejected a request from Gov. Tim Pawlenty to sue over the new federal health care law.
By: Associated Press, WDAZ
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson
has rejected a request from Gov. Tim Pawlenty to sue over the new
federal health care law.
Instead, Swanson said Monday she will file a friend-of-the-court
brief supporting the federal government in a lawsuit filed by 13
state attorneys general.
The Democratic attorney general sent the Republican governor a
letter saying a lawsuit isn't warranted because health care fits
squarely within the federal government's authority to regulate
Pawlenty had asked Swanson to challenge whether a requirement
that individuals buy health insurance is constitutional.
Swanson tells Pawlenty he could file his own friend-of-the-court
brief as governor to support the legal challenge.
Gubernatorial spokesman Brian McClung says Pawlenty intends to
participate in the lawsuit.