Missouri’s Democratic attorney general on Monday joined the largely Republican-led effort to have President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care overhaul ruled unconstitutional.
Chris Koster, a former Republican legislator who switched parties when he ran for attorney general, filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the appeals panel hearing a closely watched challenge to the health care law filed by Florida and more than two dozen other states.
Koster’s action does not mean Missouri has formally joined that lawsuit, which claims Obama and Congress overreached by imposing minimum coverage requirements on individuals.
Indeed, in a letter to top state legislative leaders, Koster said his brief was “not based on any opposition to the expansion of health care coverage for uninsured Americans. To the contrary, I favor the expansion of health coverage.”
But Koster argues — as many health care opponents have — that the law’s requirement that every person purchase health insurance from a private company or face a penalty is unconstitutional/