PHOENIX (AP) — Opponents of a new law expanding Medicaid in Arizona are taking their fight to court.
The lawsuit filed on behalf of 36 Republican legislators and a pair of citizens was filed by lawyers for the Goldwater Institute on Thursday.
The suit targets GOP Gov. Jan 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 move comes a day after opponents came up short of the signatures needed to force a voter referendum on the law.
The law was passed in June over the objections of conservative Republicans.
Brewer's spokesman says she is confident she'll prevail in court.