Governor Perdue chose a weekend to veto HB2, the Protect Healthcare Freedom Act passed by the General Assembly. In a press release she listed reasons for the veto, the most important she said was
“The attorney general and solicitor general have talked to me and the leadership of the General Assembly and explained clearly that there are some unintended consequences of House Bill 2 that dramatically affect our medicaid program, potentially hurting the childrens’ health insurance program, attacking our process of requiring uninsured motorists to have insurance, attacking college students for having insurance.”
State Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger expressed surprise at the veto of a bill he said Perdue said “was not worth the battle.” The Republican leader released a statement saying
“There’s no doubt this veto is a political move designed to protect the interests of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Washington Democrats. But it hurts North Carolinians by forcing them to follow an unconstitutional law. The people of North Carolina expect their leaders to change the course of state government, not score political points or protect their political patrons.”
GOP leadership would have to convince a few Democrats to join them in order to override a veto. A Florida judge has given the Obama Administration a week to appeal his ruling Obamacare is unconstitutional. If the administration doesn’t file the appeal on time the judge says states can consider the federal law invalid.