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Washington Attorney General challenging health care reform package

WA Attorney General, Rob McKenna WA Attorney General, Rob McKenna

OLYMPIA, Wash. - State Attorney General Rob McKenna announced Monday that Washington will be joining a multi-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health care reform package, once it is signed into law.  McKenna issued the following statement about his beliefs:

"I believe this new federal health care measure unconstitutionally imposes new requirements on our state and on its citizens. This unprecedented federal mandate, requiring all Washingtonians to purchase health insurance, violates the Commerce Clause and the 10th amendment of the US Constitution.

"I'm concerned that the measure unconstitutionally requires all Washingtonians to purchase health insurance and places an extraordinary burden on our state budget by requiring Washington to expand its Medicaid eligibility standards in violation of our state's rights guaranteed under the10th amendment."

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