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Kansas joins Florida and other states in ACA challenge

Judge rules Kansas can participate in lawsuit against federal health reform law

By KHI NEWS SERVICE | January 20, 2011

A federal judge in Florida has ruled that Kansas may join the group of states challenging the constitutionality of the federal health reform law.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt

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Senior U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson of the Northern District of Florida on Wednesday granted a motion allowing Kansas and five other states be joined as plaintiffs in the lawsuit against what that is generally referred to as the Affordable Care Act or ACA, though Republican opponents of the measure call it, "Obamacare."

That brings to 26 the number of states challenging the law in Florida with two other states, Virginia and Oklahoma, bringing separate lawsuits.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who last week requested permission to join in the lawsuit, said he was pleased with the judge’s ruling.

“Kansas is now among the majority of states challenging this unprecedented federal power grab,” Schmidt said. “We will be part of this historic decision that will define the relationship between the federal government, the states and individual citizens for years to come.”