Brown's Statement on Lawsuits Challenging Federal Healthcare Legislation

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Contact: (916) 210-6000,

Thirteen attorneys general, all but one are Republican, are rushing to kill the federal healthcare bill by filing lawsuits alleging that the bill violates states' rights. Here in California, a handful of Republican leaders have followed suit and are asking that I join in. Accordingly, I've instructed deputies in my office to carefully review these claims in light of applicable constitutional principles. Health care is not the place, with people's lives at stake, to engage in poisonous partisanship. At this critical time in our nation's history, we need to come together to forge a common purpose.

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