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Perdue vetoes NC challenge to health reform

Posted March 5, 2011
Updated March 6, 2011

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— Gov. Bev Perdue on Saturday vetoed a bill passed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly that would have required the state to challenge a key requirement of the year-old national health care overhaul law.

"This is an ill-conceived piece of legislation that's not good for the people of North Carolina. Therefore, I veto it," Perdue said in a statement, after first making an announcement on Twitter.

State Republican leaders denounced the veto as a political maneuver.

"There's no doubt this veto is a political move designed to protect the interests of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Washington Democrats," Senate Pro Tempore Phil Berger said in a statement. "The people of North Carolina expect their leaders to change the course of state government, not score political points or protect their political patrons."

House Bill 2 would have exempted North Carolina residents from the requirement under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that they buy health insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty. It also would have required the state Attorney General to defend North Carolinians against federal action for not obeying the mandate.

Perdue, who had initially said she wouldn't veto the bill, said that it would be unenforceable because federal law trumps state law and that any action by North Carolina against the federal law would be "extraneous" to a lawsuit already filed by 26 states.

Republicans said that nonpartisan legislative researchers found that the bill would be enforceable.  

"It hurts North Carolinians by forcing them to follow an unconstitutional law," Berger said.

Perdue also cited an opinion from state Attorney General Roy Cooper that language in the bill would appear to prevent the state from collecting a required Medicaid fee, which could lead the federal government to withhold some funding.

Republicans said that legislative researchers found that the bill would not ban health providers from paying the fee.

State lawmakers can override the governor's veto if they can muster a three-fifths majority in the state House of Representatives.

This marked the second time in two weeks that Perdue has vetoed a bill sent to her by the new Republican majority in the General Assembly.

On Feb. 22, the governor vetoed Senate Bill 13, which would have given her some budget-balancing powers at the cost of economic-development funds used to lure business to the state.

North Carolina governors have only had veto power since 1996. Them-Gov. Jim Hunt never exercised it. His successor, Mike Easley, used it nine times over his eight years as governor.

Only one veto has been overridden in state history.

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  • 27610-USA Mar 8, 2011

    I thinking, if you have the US Congress proposing a 6.5 billian dollars on Domestic spending savings and say you have 7 Middle East countries getting Foreign spending at 1 bilian dollars each; which equals to 7 billian dollars.
    Where is the savings here?

  • 27610-USA Mar 8, 2011

    Hey blackdog are you going to have your gun ready when China comes over here to collect?

  • 27610-USA Mar 8, 2011

    For an example: Foreign spending like 1 billian dollars aid going to Egypt every year. This is unacceptable because they have their own natural resources to fight off terrorism. So why has our Government been pumping money to them every year? All that money going to other counties like Egypt is why we are in the bad shape that we are in today. "We Can Not Save the World Without Saving Ourselves First."

  • 27610-USA Mar 8, 2011

    With more Federal Taxpayers Dollars going out of the country than is in: Look who's talking just a few days ago. Kerry, D-Mass., said at a hearing attended by Clinton that "significant financial commitment by the U.S." was crucial to help what he called a "monumental and uplifting transformation" in the Mideast.
    Plus we are up to our ears in debt to China; how can it not happen if we don't do something about it now, because one day China can come to this country and collect on our debt to them.
    So it is up to the American voters to stop this madness.
    Just vote Republican across the board now before it is too late for us all.

  • 27610-USA Mar 8, 2011

    Yes whatusay we are not talking Obama Care here.
    It is Progressive - Communism here.
    Communism is a sociopolitical movement that aims for a classless and stateless society structured upon common ownership of the means of production, free access to articles of consumption, and the end of wage labour and private property in the means of production and real estate.
    Is this what you want to accept from the Democrats?

  • 27610-USA Mar 8, 2011

    Hey blackdog!
    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.

  • blackdog Mar 7, 2011

    We are lucky to have her and Roy.

  • whatusay Mar 7, 2011

    Plenty Coups, if you own your on home you do not have a FHA loan, what part of I have paid my FHA loan off, and now own my home, do you not understand?

    FHA, conventional, or otherwise requires you to have homeowners insurance as long as you owe the lender. But once your loan is paid off and you own the deed to your home, "NO INSURANCE NECESSARY". We are not talking Obama Care here.

  • bettyboopr2 Mar 7, 2011

    Can't wait for Nov. '12. She does not speak for me or my family, and sure isn't doing what is right for us. Just doing the bidding of the "person" in OUR house in DC. Such a good lemming, now where is the nearest cliff?

  • Plenty Coups Mar 7, 2011

    "you are not required to have home owners insurance if you own your home"

    FHA loans require insurance.

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