What Do You Mean, I Can't Sue My State?

When your state breaks federal law in a way that affects you, can you sue in federal court to make it do the right thing?
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Anthony Kennedy, what are you thinking?

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When your state breaks federal law in a way that affects you, can you sue in federal court to make it do the right thing? On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court made doing so substantially harder. In a case involving private health-care providers in Idaho, the justices held that the health workers can’t sue Idaho -- even though the state was paying them less than required under federal Medicaid law.

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