Oklahoma AG Pruitt touts health-care legal battle
BY CHRIS CASTEEL NewsOK.com
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
2/26/13 at 6:29 AM
WASHINGTON - States can choose whether to expand their Medicaid programs because of the legal fight waged by some state attorneys general against the federal health-care law, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Monday.
"Across the country right now, the decision that governors are making on whether to expand Medicaid - that decision didn't even exist prior to attorneys general bringing this particular litigation," Pruitt said during an online news conference with two other Republican attorneys general.
"And so that was a clear benefit where our states were able to participate in cooperative federalism to make a decision about whether Medicaid should be expanded."
Pruitt, chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association, and some of his GOP colleagues have been challenging the authority of the president - and Congress in some instances - to exert power in areas that the attorneys general say are reserved for the states.
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Original Print Headline: Pruitt touts health-care legal battle
Attorney General Scott Pruitt: He and other attorneys general are challenging the authority of the president and Congress to exert power in several areas that the attorneys general say are reserved for the states.