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Call for attorney general to join health care lawsuit

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster only has until Monday if he wants to work with 20 other states that have filed a lawsuit to overturn the federal health care reform law signed by President Barack Obama last year.

The Show-Me Institute sent out an “urgent call for action” asking its supporters to contact the attorney general’s office. The e-mail campaign included contact information and even a sample letter.

The free-market think tank in St. Louis notes that Koster has until Jan. 10 to declare his support for the lawsuit being heard in a federal court in Florida.

“We’re hopeful other organizations such as ours and citizens of Missouri will pick up this call and that they’ll write letters to the attorney general to let him know how important this issues is to the citizens of Missouri,” said Brenda Talent, executive director of the think tank.

Talent said that voters across Missouri “voted overwhelmingly against this health care bill” in August, referring to Proposition Cthe first statewide vote concerning the federal government’s health care reform law.

“I would hope it is a consideration he would weigh carefully,” Talent told Missouri Watchdog after she was asked whether she thought Koster would join the lawsuit trying to overturn the federal health care reform law.

Following a federal judge’s ruling last month in Virginia that the mandate to buy health insurance is unconstitutional, Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a Republican, also called on Koster, a Democrat, to join him in this effort on behalf of the states. Kinder filed a suit against the health care law in a federal court in July.

The attorney general’s office did not respond to a request for comment from Missouri Watchdog.

By Brian R. Hookbrhook@missouriwatchdog.org, (314) 482-7944

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Brian formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.