LAS VEGAS (CN) - Nevada's Democratic attorney general said Tuesday she won't honor Republican Gov. Jim Gibbon's request to join 14 other states in a lawsuit to block the implementation of a new federal health care system. Both are seeking re-election. In her letter, Catherine Cortez Masto told Gibbons, "Like you, I dislike unfunded mandates. However, an unfunded mandate by itself is not unconstitutional."
Gibbons has said the new law is unconstitutional because it forces people to buy health insurance and will cost the state $600 million between 2014 and 2019.
Masto didn't rule out the possibility of a future lawsuit, and Gibbons didn't specify if he plans to follow through on threats to hire his own general counsel to pursue the lawsuit.
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