Judge dismisses Kinder’s health care lawsuit

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and several others challenging the federal health care law.

In his ruling Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel said those bringing the lawsuit did not have standing for many of their claims and that other claims were not ripe for review.

Kinder had filed the lawsuit last July in federal court in Cape Girardeau. He was pursuing it as a private citizen and was joined by several other people.

The Republican lieutenant governor says he’ll appeal. He called the judge’s decision “extreme” and said it “slammed federal courthouse doors” in the face of Missourians.

The lawsuit had challenged the federal health care law on several points.

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