Friday, December 25, 2009
Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett and at least 7 other Republican State Attorneys General are questioning the constitutionality of a provision of the health care legislation approved yesterday by the U.S. Senate. Corbett's spokesman Kevin Harley says at issue is a portion of the bill that would require the federal government to pay for the full expansion of Medicaid in Nebraska. This was a concession to Nebraska Democratic Senator Ben Nelson to get his vote in favor of the health care bill. Corbett says Pennsylvania and other states are required to pay for the expanded Medicaid expenses and it's unfair to pick up the cost of Nebraska's Medicaid recipients. Nelson says other senators are welcome to try to negotiate a deal for what he calls an underfunded federal mandate.