LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Republican Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona said Thursday that despite opposition from legislators from within her own party, she's seeking money from the federal government to implement a key part of the health care overhaul she opposes in order to prepare her state in case the law is upheld.

Brewer told The Associated Press on Thursday that she didn't view her $29.8 million request for setting up a health insurance exchange as inconsistent with her opposition to the federal law. The exchange would be an online marketplace for individuals and small businesses to shop for health insurance. The federal law requires states to either set up an exchange or face the prospect of one established for them by the federal government.

"I believe that Arizona would be far better off to engage in a health exchange that we operate to fit our particular kind of delivery of services," said Brewer, who joined a multi-state lawsuit challenging the health care law. "I don't believe that one particular type of exchange is going to bode well for 50 different states. It's incomprehensible. I do hope we win in court, but Arizona is going to be prepared and ready to go and we want to be in charge."

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