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Tuesday, October 2, 2007
State to sue feds over children's health insurance
By Ralph Thomas
Seattle Times Olympia bureau
OLYMPIA — Washington and at least three other states will sue the Bush administration over restrictions it has imposed on state efforts to expand children's health coverage, Gov. Christine Gregoire announced Monday.
Gregoire said a lawsuit to block the new restrictions — which she called "draconian" — will likely be filed within the next week in federal court in New York, one of the states joining the suit. The two others are Maryland and Illinois.
So far, all four governors who have signed onto the lawsuit are Democrats. Gregoire said she expects other states to join.
New Jersey filed a similar lawsuit on Monday.
"I'm not one who believes in a lot of lawsuits," Gregoire said. But, she added, "I think the [Bush administration] policy is just dead wrong."
The Bush administration is worried that, as states expand government-funded coverage, some families will opt to drop affordable private insurance and enroll their kids in less expensive government-subsidized care.