Perdue, Berger on the H2 veto

Posted March 5, 2011

Gov. Bev. Perdue's office issued the following statement on her veto today of H2, the anti-HCR mandate bill:

"I'm vetoing HB 2 for three reasons: first of all, House Bill 2 actually is contradictory to the federal constitution. A state can't pass a law that is out of abeyance with federal laws, and this House Bill 2 clearly is.

"Secondly, there are 27 other states that are engaged in this process. It's extraneous to North Carolina. This issue will reach the Supreme Court in a timely manner without North Carolina spending money and energy on it. It's superfluous.

"And third and most importantly, the attorney general and solicitor general have talked to me and the leadership of the General Assembly and explained clearly that there are some unintended consequences of House Bill 2 that dramatically affect our medicaid program, potentially hurting the childrens' health insurance program, attacking our process of requiring uninsured motorists to have insurance, attacking college students for having insurance. And finally the whole issue of unintended consequences -- today none of us know what this will mean in two weeks, two months or two years.

"This is an ill-conceived piece of legislation that's not good for the people of North Carolina. Therefore I veto it."

And here's the response from Senate Leader Phil Berger's office: 

A bill that Gov. Beverly Perdue previously said was “not worth a battle” received her veto stamp today, on the heels of a White House meeting with President Obama.

The Protect Health Care Freedom measure (HB 2) would have allowed North Carolinians to opt out of major provisions of Obama’s new federal health care law, such as the individual mandate that citizens purchase health insurance.

When asked about the bill earlier this week, Perdue said she had an entire team working on the bill, and, “I took it with me to Washington last weekend, and I'm in the process of deciding what I'm gonna do with it…”

Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) responded with the following statement:

“There’s no doubt this veto is a political move designed to protect the interests of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Washington Democrats. But it hurts North Carolinians by forcing them to follow an unconstitutional law. The people of North Carolina expect their leaders to change the course of state government, not score political points or protect their political patrons.”


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  • hermanrooker Mar 8, 2011

    It is sad that no one has thought about how much it is going to cost this state and this country to adminester the everyday cost of health care. The cost of health care will be about one fourth of the cost.

  • beckerunc Mar 7, 2011

    Will the Republican controlled GA do anything of substance, or merely continue the same lame rhetoric of "Obama/Reid/Pelosi"? You have great opportunities to something and you're blowing it.

  • 27610-USA Mar 7, 2011

    Well since she is only going to be a one termer maybe Obama will give her a job as one of his lobbyist in his new Democratic Lobbyist firm pushing for more Foreign Spending to the Middle East when he loses the 2012 election. Then she can travel the world with her buddies Obama, Kerry and Clinton.

  • pappybigtuna1 Mar 7, 2011

    if you get too combative in the "blog" they will pull the story [like they did just a few minutes ago] which means they have power over the 1st amendment, your freedom of speach but not on their platform
    Just hope the voters of NC can see the corruption at the top, can not wait for copper & judas iscariot perdue to be gone

  • Alert5 Mar 7, 2011

    Well let's see Bev, in your own words:

    "Secondly, there are 27 other states that are engaged in this process....."

    My question is, what do you know about the constitutionaly of this bill (or lack thereof) that the 27 states do understand???

  • hermanrooker Mar 7, 2011

    Health Care is the worst thing that has ever happened to this country. Not only does Gov. Perdue not know the 10 Admendment
    neither does Roy Cooper.

  • hermanrooker Mar 7, 2011

    When can we locate someone with a working brain to be our Governor

  • 27610-USA Mar 7, 2011

    Are you saying our NC Governor is just an Obama puppet?

  • driverkid3 Mar 7, 2011

    I'm in the process of deciding what I'm gonna do with it…”

    If the truth be told, she would have said this: I'm in the process of letting Obama tell me what do with it…”

  • 27610-USA Mar 7, 2011

    Send a message to John Kerry and Hillary Clinton in Washington that they can spend their own money for Foreign Aid or they can just find another job.