Swanson isn’t ruling out a suit against federal health care overhaul

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says she won’t comment on whether she thinks the newly enacted health care legislation meets constitutional muster. Republicans, including Gov. Pawlenty, are urging Swanson to join a suit challenging the federal law. She says she’ll continue to review case law before she decides her next step:

“When an attorney general looks at legal issues or constitutional issues or lawsuits, what you do is decide them on the law. In this case, I’ll look at the bill, look at the law, look at the constitution, ultimately decide what I think the law provides for and then make a decision that I think is in the best interest of the people of Minnesota.”

Swanson once authored a memo signaling support for a single payer health care system, but she says she hasn’t formed an opinion on the new federal health law. She also said her critics that allege she’s putting politics before her job are being unfair. Listen to the brief interview here regarding the potential for a lawsuit here:

The federal health issue could be a hot topic in this year’s attorney general’s race. There’s just one problem. Swanson doesn’t face any candidates yet.

MPR has more on the story here.