Wasden Considers Joining Health Care Protest Suit

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Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is in discussions with Florida and other states and considering joining a pending law suit against the landmark health-care reform bill that Congress passed yesterday.

Wasden spokesman Bob Cooper told Citydesk that the states could sue as soon as tomorrow—when President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill—but that Idaho has not officially joined the effort, yet.

Cooper says the lawsuit could litigate several aspects of the health-care bill.

“One of them is a requirement that every citizen buy health insurance or face a penalty,” he said.

Utah AG Mark Shurtleff announced his intention of signing onto the suit; Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas and Washington are already on board, according to Shurtleff.

Meanwhile, Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter is in Park City, Utah at a conveniently scheduled meeting of the Republican Governors' Association and has met with Govs. Rick Perry of Texas and Hailey Barbour of Mississippi to discuss challenges to the health-care bill, according to Otter spokesman Jon Hanian.

“Everybody is talking about what the options are, and the best strategy going forward,” Hanian said.