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KS Attorney General Says States on Solid Ground in ACA Challenge

US-Supreme-Court flickr_Mark-FischerThe U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Fischer)

DEREK SCHMIDTKansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt

For three days next week, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt will witness history being made. He will be in the gallery of the U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments for and against the Affordable Care Act. Kansas and 25 other states are challenging the constitutionality of the health reform law on two fronts: the requirement that virtually everyone purchase health insurance... and the law’s expansion of Medicaid, the health care program for the poor and disabled. In a survey recently conducted by the American Bar Association, 85 percent of legal experts predicted that the high court would uphold the law. But in an interview with Jim McLean of the KHI News Service, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said he believes Kansas and the other states challenging the law have a solid case.

That's Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, speaking with Jim McLean, of the KHI News Service. You can hear this interview again, online... at And for more information on the health reform law and the court case, log on to


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KS A-G Schmidt Says Health Law Mandate Exceeds Federal Authority

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says the states challenging the federal health reform law will make a strong case next week when the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the case. Jim McLean of the KHI News Service talked to Schmidt about the case and filed this report.

You can hear more of Jim McLean’s interview with Attorney General Schmidt, coming up in about 30 minutes here on KPR’s Morning Edition.

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