State AGs Threaten Suit over Health Care Deal

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Republican attorneys general from 13 states are threatening legal action over a provision of the Senate health care bill.

"We believe this provision is constitutionally flawed," South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and the 12 other state prosecutors wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"As chief legal officers of our states we are contemplating a legal challenge to this provision and we ask you to take action to render this challenge unnecessary by striking that provision," they wrote.

The so-called "Cornhusker Kickback" exempts Nebraska from about $100 million in new Medicaid payments. Reid cut the deal with Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, securing the 60th vote needed to pass the bill.

The prosecutors say the deal is unconstitutional because it forces their states to shoulder Nebraska's burden.

The letter was signed by attorneys general in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington State.

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