Attorney General won't fight federal health care law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Attorney General Drew Edmondson says he will not challenge new federal health care legislation that requires private citizens to purchase health care coverage.

Edmondson said Friday a lawsuit that would challenge the constitutionality of the law would have little chance of success. He says a legal challenge would be a misuse of his office's funds and an exercise in futility.

Edmondson says he decided not to challenge the law after members of his staff spent hundreds of hours examining the 2,500-page bill.

Edmondson, a Democratic gubernatorial nominee, had been urged by Republican legislative leaders to challenge the health care law as attorneys general have done in other states.

Edmondson said political considerations did not play a role in his decision.

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