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November 18, 2019

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Dean Heller joins Gibbons in urging AG to sue over health reform

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Rep. Dean Heller

Nevada Republican Rep. Dean Heller is joining Gov. Jim Gibbons in urging the state attorney general to sue the federal government over health reform legislation signed by President Barack Obama.

In a letter to Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, Heller echoed concerns that the bill will create unfunded mandates for Nevada. He also questions the constitutionality of requiring everyone to obtain health insurance.

Immediately after the president signed the bill Tuesday, attorneys general of at least 13 states filed suit to block its implementation.

Gibbons on Monday renewed his call for Masto, who is a Democrat, to sue the federal government, and said his administration would act on its own if she declines.

Masto says the governor's office has no authority to take legal action on behalf of the state.

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