Barbour, Bryant Want State to Sue Federal Government

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Gov. Haley Barbour has joined with Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant in asking the state to challenge the constitutionality of federal health care legislation that President Barack Obama plans to sign into law Tuesday.

Barbour says the legislation illegally forces individuals to buy health insurance.

Bryant, a candidate for governor in 2011, says the legislation also is too expensive. He says Mississippi should assert its rights under the 10th Amendment, which "protects states from an overbearing federal government."

Attorney General Jim Hood says, once the law is signed, he will review the law to determine "if there are any viable causes of action for the State of Mississippi."

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