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Gov. Jan Brewer wants Medicaid expansion lawsuit tossed

PHOENIX -- Republican Gov. Jan Brewer wants a lawsuit filed by opponents of a law expanding Medicaid in Arizona thrown out of court.

Lawyers for Brewer asked a Maricopa County judge Wednesday to dismiss the suit filed last month on behalf of 36 Republican state lawmakers and a pair of citizens. They argued that the plaintiffs didn't have standing to sue and that allowing it to proceed would allow lawmakers to sue for any law they opposed.

The suit targets Brewer's plan to expand the state's health care program for the poor to about 300,000 additional Arizonans. It contends a hospital assessment in the law is a tax that required a 2/3 vote of the Legislature under the state Constitution.

The law was passed in June over the objections of conservative Republicans.

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