Missouri lieutenant governor plans lawsuit over health care bill

Thursday, April 8, 2010
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said he'll seek private funding for his own legal challenge to the new federal health care law.

Kinder, of Cape Girardeau, said Wednesday he will file the lawsuit later this month in a Missouri federal court in his official capacity. A spokesman said the suit will focus on issues dealing with seniors and the solvency of Medicare. He wouldn't provide additional details.

No fundraising goals have been set.

The Republican lieutenant governor plans his own lawsuit instead of joining one filed by more than a dozen states challenging the new federal health care law. That suit claims the U.S. government can't mandate that citizens have health insurance or force states to carry out the new law without reimbursing them for costs.

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