Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder joins the fun, sues feds over health-care reform

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 3:45 PM

click to enlarge Peter Kinder: Fighting to keep you free from health care.
  • Peter Kinder: Fighting to keep you free from health care.

Missouri's Lieutenant Governor and a group of Random Citizens have filed a lawsuit against the federal government over health-care reforms, claiming the feds are forcing states to participate in a "federal scheme" and calling the new law unconstitutional.

Suing the feds over health care would typically be the job of a state attorney general, and AGs in several states have filed lawsuits against so-called Obamacare. But since Missouri AG Chris Koster went all Democratic a while back -- and has yet to show any interest in filing suit -- Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder stepped up, suing as a private citizen and in his role as back-up governor.

Also suing are some other random people. From Business Week:

The other plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Samantha Hill, 21 of Holden, Dale Morris, 65, of St. Louis and Julie Keathley, whose late husband was an aide to Republican former Gov. Matt Blunt. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Cape Girardeau.

It names as defendants U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Attorney General Eric Holder and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.

Kinder said for months that he planned to sue over the health care law. Initially, Kinder said he planned to join a Florida lawsuit of which 20 other states have since joined. Later, Kinder said he would sue by the end of April.

Kinder is raising private money to pay for his lawsuit, but has not released a list of donors. Kinder spokesman Gary McElyea said donations were sought from individuals through Health Care In Action, a private entity set up for the lawsuit. McElyea said some donors will be made public.

Kinder's suit, destined to get his dashing self on Fox News, is just one of the challenges to federal health-care reform being waged in Missouri. Voters next month will consider the Missouri Health Care Freedom Act, which would help protect Missourians freedom to continue not having health care.

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