N.C. Gov Vetoes Law to Opt Out of Obamacare

Monday, 07 Mar 2011 01:06 PM

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North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed a bill on Saturday to opt the state out of the new federal health care law, angering leaders of the Republican-controlled General Assembly who made passing the bill one of their top priorities, the Raleigh News & Observer reported Monday.

Phil Berger
Phil Berger
Senate leader Phil Berger, a Rockingham Republican, said the governor is putting national Democratic interests ahead of her own state.

"There's no doubt this veto is a political move designed to protect the interests of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Washington Democrats," Berger said. "But it hurts North Carolinians by forcing them to follow an unconstitutional law."

He said that Perdue had recently been to Washington, where she met with President Barack Obama, who supports the federal overhaul.
Republican are a few votes short of the three-fifths need to override the governor’s second veto of the legislative session.

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