ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is stepping up his attack on President Barack Obama’s federal health care law with a court filing challenging its cost to states.
Pawlenty and Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri, both Republicans leaving office soon, joined Tuesday in the filing. It seeks permission to submit a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a lawsuit being pursued by 20 states.
The filing says the two governors are safeguarding their citizens from “federal abuse of the spending power.” They argue that the law places liabilities on states through a Medicaid expansion.
Pawlenty has been vocal in his opposition to the law. He says he’d make repealing it a focal point of a run for president in 2012 if he wages a campaign. Pawlenty has ordered state agencies to avoid discretionary grants related to the health law.