US Supreme Court denies Oklahoma's request to join challenge to federal health care law

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Oklahoma's request to join a challenge to the federal health care law.

In a one-sentence order on Monday, the nation's high court denied Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's writ of certiorari.

Pruitt wanted the court to review Oklahoma's lawsuit that challenges the tax subsidies offered under the Affordable Care Act, arguing it was important to consider state sovereignty implications.

Pruitt maintains the tax subsidies do not apply to states like Oklahoma that chose not to create a state exchange. A federal judge ruled in favor of Oklahoma's lawsuit, and an appeal is pending in circuit court.

The U.S. Supreme Court already has agreed to review a nearly identical case out of Virginia.

Pruitt's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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