Kansas AG Will Not Challenge Health Care Law

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Topeka (WIBW) - Kansas will not be joining a lawsuit against the new federal health care law.

Attorney General Steve Six said Friday he's completed his review of the law and does not believe Kansas can successfully challenge it.

He says precedent shows the U.S. Supreme Court is reluctant to overturn legislative acts "unless a clear and direct constitutional violation is shows. Six says the constitution gives Congress power to legislate matter involving interstate commerce, and he believes health care falls into that category.

Six also responded to arguments that the law forces Kansas to spend more money on Medicaid. He says it is "a policy argument, not a constitutional argument." Six says the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled previously that Congress can impose requirements on states as a condition of receiving federal money, such as Medicaid dollars.

Six acknowledged the law is a subject of much debate, however, he says his decision was based on law, not politics.

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