Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has released a statement explaining his recommendation to Governor Steve Beshear against the controversial Louisville hospital merger.From the attorney general's office: "My staff and I conducted a thorough and comprehensive review of the proposed hospital merger. This presented an unprecedented combination of entities and a myriad of legal and public policy issues. Some of those issues were addressed by the parties, but many of them were not resolved. Of particular concern was the loss of control of a valuable state asset and the services it provides to the public. It is my opinion that the Governor should not at this time approve the proposed new affiliation agreement and new lease. I support the University of Louisville and its mission, but it is a public agency with an obligation to inform and work with state government regarding the control of a public asset such as University Hospital. I appreciate Gov. Beshear's careful analysis of this merger, and I believe he ultimately made the appropriate decision on behalf of the Commonwealth's interests. I am committed to working with all parties to ensure that our hospitals continue to fulfill their missions as leading trauma centers, teaching hospitals and nationally renowned research facilities."Read the merger report from Conway here.