GOP to Probe Constitutionality of HC Deals

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The Senate's current healthcare plan could face some legal challenges as top Republican attorneys in seven states are probing the constitutionality of what they're calling "The Nebraska Compromise."

The term refers to the political deal that Democrats struck with Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., in order to secure his vote on a sweeping healthcare package.

The deal exempts his home state from paying Medicaid costs that other states are obligated to pay.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said his office would be investigating "all available avenues to challenge and overturn this legally problematic provision."

"Our democratic system of government depends upon transparency and openness," he said. "This backroom deal goes too far and must be challenged because Texas deserves better."

Abbott is joined by top prosecutors from six other states including Michigan, Alabama, Colorado, Michigan, North Dakota, and Washington.

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats are celebrating what they expect will be the victorious passage of the controversial healthcare legislation.

"The finish line is in sight," Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., said.

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