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Lt. Governor asks AG to sue over healthcare reform

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi's Lieutenant Governor, Phil Bryant, is calling on Attorney General Jim Hood to file a lawsuit over what he calls the Obama Administration's plan to unleash "burdensome federal mandates" concerning healthcare.

"Today I sent a letter to Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood requesting him to file suit on behalf of the people of Mississippi for violation of their constitutional rights," Lt. Governor Bryant said Monday in a statement to the media.

"This massive federal health care overhaul will not only disenfranchise our rights to choose health care but will also add $1.3 billion and 400,000 new people onto the Mississippi Medicaid roll, over the next 10 years. The 10th Amendment protects states from an overbearing federal government. It is time we exercise those rights."

Last week, the governor of Idaho signed a bill that would block federal mandates requiring Idaho residents to buy health insurance. At least 38 states have either filed or announced intentions to file similar legislation opposing the federal health reform bill.

Watch for more on this developing story later today on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

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