Earlier this week Florida Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum said in a conference call with reporters that he had serious constitutional issues with the provision in the recently passed Senate health care bill that would mandate that everyone in the country buy into the program, or face a fine.
The AG's office today says now that McCollum joined up with a dozen other of his colleagues across the country in writing to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on another bone of contention. That being the provision in the Senate bill that provides Nebraska with full and permanent funding to extend Medicaid eligibility to everyone below 133 percent of the federal poverty level. The bill actually requires all states to do so, but Nebraska alone would not be required to pay a portion of the additional cost after 2016.
Read the press release from McCollum's spokeswoman, Sandi Copes
Date: December 31, 2009
From: Sandi Copes, Attorney Generals Communications Director
To: Members of the media
Re: Attorneys General send letter to Pelosi and Reid on Provision in Health
Attorney General McCollum joined several Attorneys General yesterday in
sending a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Harry Reid
regarding their concerns about the provision in the health care legislation
that affords special treatment to the state of Nebraska under the federal
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, wrote the Attorneys
General of South Carolina, Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan,
North and South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and