Republican state Senators are urging Attorney General Richard Blumenthal to oppose the new federal health care legislation on Constitutional grounds.

“In a free society, it has never been the duty of Congress to force the people of the United States to purchase a certain commercial product simply as a consequence of being alive,” said legislators in this letter. “It is inherently illegal to mandate that free citizens must buy health care coverage or face sanctions.”

“I have received the senators’ request and will review it,” Blumenthal replied Wednesday.