It's a far more personal matter to the lieutenant governor, as his lawyer Thor Hearne spelled out in documents filed today in federal court.
If something isn't done to get that federal health care plan under control, Hearne wrote, it could have a devastating effect to the health care of Kinder and other Missouri politicians:
(The law) increases the cost to Missouri taxpayers of providing health-care coverage to Missouri state employees and elected State officials and limits the options and choices of health-care coverage available to Lieutenant Governor Kinder and other Missouri state employees and its elected officials.
The federal government has insisted that Kinder and other plaintiffs do not have any standing to sue. In today's filing, Hearne tried to show that they did.
Hearne also claims the federal health care plan will have a damaging effect on the doctor-patient relationship.