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GOP officials, protesters push for N.C. to join health reform suit

Posted April 6, 2010

— Conservatives are trying to build pressure on North Carolina's elected leaders to challenge the new health care bill signed by President Obama last month.

Fifteen states have already filed suit to challenge the constitutionality of the health care reform law, and Republicans are pushing to get North Carolina involved in the increasingly partisan effort.

Tea party members rally against health reform Some states hope lawsuit can block health reform

During a Council of State meeting Tuesday morning, the two Republican statewide officials, Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry and Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, wanted to discuss funding for a lawsuit. Gov. Beverly Perdue ended the conversation, noting Attorney General Roy Cooper wasn't at the meeting.

Cooper was meeting with FBI agents in Charlotte.

"This impacts every citizen of the state, regardless of their political affiliation, and we just believe this is a policy discussion that needs to be held," Berry said. "I'm very disappointed that the attorney general was not in attendance."

As the state officials were meeting, a few hundred health reform opponents rallied on the Halifax Mall behind the Legislative Building.

The tea party protesters urged the state to join in the lawsuit challenging the cost and mandates of health care reform.

Some GOP lawmakers plan to introduce bills in the House and the Senate before the General Assembly reconvenes next month that would prevent the government from requiring people to obtain health insurance – a key provision of the new federal law.

“The people of North Carolina must be protected from this unprecedented and unconstitutional overreach by the federal government," Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger said in a statement. "This bill aims to protect the rights of individual citizens who want to maintain control over their own health care decisions.”

A spokeswoman for Cooper said he is reviewing the legal and constitutional merits of any action.

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  • soyousay Apr 7, 2010

    I put in about $4,500 last year to cover the orthodontist for my daughter in addition to all the other out of pocket medical expenses like copay and OTC allergy medicine.

    CHANGE you can count on it.
    james27613

    You probably didn't get alot of change back, but your providers thank you

  • james27613 Apr 7, 2010

    Guess what, under the new obama care plan the contributions to your medical flex savings account will be capped at $2,500
    and OTC items will no longer be allowed to be claimed.

    Better get your kids the braces now before the new limit starts.

    I put in about $4,500 last year to cover the orthodontist for my daughter in addition to all the other out of pocket medical expenses like copay and OTC allergy medicine.

    CHANGE you can count on it.

  • james27613 Apr 7, 2010

    the photos of her in the elevators are much better.

    Is it just me or does Cherie Berry look beautiful in this picture. A total knockout.

  • Bill Brasky Apr 7, 2010

    Is it just me or does Cherie Berry look beautiful in this picture. A total knockout.

  • soyousay Apr 7, 2010

    Think-- you seem to have issues with advanced education and accomplishment? Run for anything? Qualified, electable? Nah, thought not. When you actually put yourself out there- working hard for a top flight education, position or even swinging in the political ropes, maybe you could feel better about yourself. It really is not anyone's fault but your own

  • soyousay Apr 7, 2010

    We can uncreate it as well.
    ThinkChick

    so are you advocating oh so subtly, refightly the civil war? Do you really think many people are you going to join you in the fantasy? Check the calendar, look for the big numbers usually in the corner, with the year.

  • ThinkChick Apr 7, 2010

    Now up to 18 states:
    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6363NL20100407?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews&rpc=22&sp=true

  • SS67 Apr 7, 2010

    Because elevators and farmers have so much to do with health care.

  • ThinkChick Apr 7, 2010

    Some facts on Lincoln and the misuse of the 10th amendment:
    http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2009/05/04/lincolns-war/

    Includes this great quote by Reagan:
    “the federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government.”

    We can uncreate it as well.

  • ThinkChick Apr 7, 2010

    Plenty Coups -
    A guy who received education at top schools (Punahou in Hawaii is an elitist school - I lived in HI and therefore I know first hand as well as Hah-vahd) apparently didn't have to work overly hard so he could remain a lecturer rather than a better paid tenured professor (rather a big pay difference but then Mrs. O had a $300K hospital admin job...kept man?!) He has never had to sweat a day in his life over anything - unlike most people.

    I do find it strange that so much of his life is shrouded in mystery - he is a guy with virtually zero ties or long-term friends aside from Bill Ayers and George Soros.

    For those with a sense of humor, enjoy this:
    http://media.patriotpost.us/humor/2010-04-06.html

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