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Mo. Lt. Gov. files suit against the health care bill

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Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder

By AP/St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder has filed a lawsuit challenging the federal health care bill. The suit accuses Congress of overstepping its authority and trampling on state sovereignty.

Kinder's 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 filed a suit on his own behalf along with three other Missourians.

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