Perdue Vetoes Healthcare Opt-Out
Special Report - March 7, 2011
On Saturday, Governor Bev Perdue issued her second veto of the legislative session, rejecting HB 2Protect Health Care Freedom, which sought to limit the impact of the recently passed federal healthcare legislation. Should it have been allowed to become law, HB 2 would have blocked the enforcement of the legislation’s controversial “individual mandate” provision, which requires every American citizen to purchase health insurance by 2014 or face financial penalty. The bill would have also required the state Attorney General to join 28 other states in filing a lawsuit against the legislation.
Although Governor Perdue had previously stated that she would not veto the bill but instead allow it to become law without her signature, a recent memo from the Attorney General’s Office criticizing HB 2 reportedly made the Governor reevaluate her stance. Along with a summary of legal objections, Attorney General Roy Cooper wrote, “state legislatures cannot pick and choose which federal laws the state will obey.”
In a press release, the Governor called HB 2 “an ill-conceived piece of legislation that's not good for the people of North Carolina” and directly cited the counsel she received from the Attorney General and the state Solicitor General as a factor in her decision to veto the measure.
Limiting the federal healthcare legislation was major campaign issue and a key legislative priority for the new Republican leadership. Although Republicans do have majorities are in both chambers of the legislature, they are four votes short of a veto-proof vote in the House. HB 2 passed on largely partisan lines in both chambers, so it remains unclear whether the legislature will be able to overcome the Governor’s veto.
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