Utah AG: Federal health care law invalid in state

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah attorney general’s office is telling Gov. Gary Herbert that the federal health care overhaul law is unenforceable in the state.

Utah is one of 26 states that have sued to block the Affordable Care Act. But Herbert’s spokeswoman, Ally Isom, tells the Salt Lake Tribune for a report today that it’s too soon to say what direction Herbert will take.

Deputy Utah state Attorney General John Swallow issued the opinion based on Monday’s ruling by a federal judge in Florida that Congress overstepped its authority by compelling Americans to be insured or pay a fine.

The federal Justice Department has indicated it’ll appeal U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson’s order.

Utah has already accepted federal planning grant money and begun implementing early provisions of the law.


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