Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed a legal challenge against the federal healthcare overhaul President Barack Obama signed into law last year.
Okla. attorney general files reform suit
Pruitt's filing Friday in U.S. District Court in Muskogee makes Oklahoma the 28th state to challenge the constitutionality of the individual mandate provision of the federal healthcare act.
The petition questions whether Congress has the power under the Constitution's Commerce Clause to require citizens to purchase health insurance coverage or be penalized for not doing so.
Pruitt filed the lawsuit just 12 days after taking the oath as the state's new attorney general. His Democratic predecessor, Drew Edmondson, had said it would be futile to challenge the law.
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