Lawsuits in Wings if Health Care Reform Passes

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Lawsuits against the federal government are expected if Congress passes health care reform.

Idaho's governor has signed a measure  promising to sue if its citizens are required to buy health insurance.

Thirty-seven other states are planning similar bills. Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli wrote House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday, telling her Virginia will sue if the Senate bill is "deemed" passed without a vote on the substance.

President Obama is defending that controversial "deem and pass" procedure. Below is a heated exchange with Fox News anchor Bret Baier. Click play to watch.

Obama: What I can tell you is that the vote that's taken in the House will be a vote for health care reform. And if people vote yes, whatever form that takes, that is going to be a vote for health care reform. And i don't think we should pretend otherwise.

(Cross talk)

Obama: Bret, let me finish. If they don't, if they vote against, then they're going to be voting against health care reform, and they're going to be voting in favor of the status quo. So Washington gets very concerned about these procedural issues in Congress.

This is always an issue that's, whether Republicans are in charge or Democrats in charge, when Republicans are in charge, Democrats constantly complain that the majority was not giving them an opportunity, et cetera."

Baier: So you support the deem and pass rule?

Obama: I am not.

Baier: "You're saying that's that vote."

Obama: "What i'm saying is whatever they end up voting on, and I hope it's going to be sometime this week, that it is going to be a vote for or against my health care proposal."

A lot of people think the "deem and pass" rule is a way for Democrats to vote on an unpopular bill without risking their political careers.

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