Goddard: Lawsuit against feds is a loser
Published: March 25, 2010 at 11:43 am
Terry Goddard said he won’t join a lawsuit filed by 13 other state AGs over Obama’s health care bill. Gov. Jan Brewer had repeatedly called on Goddard to join the suit over the health care legislation, which she said will add $400 million to the state budget.
But in a press statement, Goddard said the lawsuit appears to have little chance of success. “Our lawyers agree with the overwhelming majority of constitutional scholars of both parties that the lawsuits have little merit and that participating in them would be a waste of taxpayer dollars,” Goddard said in the press release. “These lawsuits will be considered in federal court with or without Arizona’s participation.”
That seems unlikely to comfort Brewer, whose office had said she would take legal action against the federal government over the health bill regardless of whether Goddard joined. Either Brewer will sign onto the lawsuit that was filed in Florida March 23, or she will file a suit herself, spokesman Paul Senseman said. Goddard said the state’s AHCCCS program, which is among the most generous Medicaid programs in the country, and the recent scrapping of KidsCare puts Arizona in a far different situation than most of the states that have joined the lawsuit. “The health care programs in Arizona operate differently than other states, which would complicate factual claims asserted by the states that have joined the lawsuit and could weaken their legal position,” Goddard’s press release read.
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