January 7, 2010

Analysis: Call for state to join federal health suit threat

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Del. Pat McDonough, a Baltimore County Republican exploring a race for governor, plans to request Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler to join attorneys general from 13 other states in a threat to file lawsuits against the U.S. government if the federal health care reform bill passes. McDonough has scheduled a Thursday news conference.

The attorneys general, all Republicans led by Henry McMaster of South Carolina, claim the health care reform bill is unconstitutional because it provides specific consideration to certain states. This refers to the deal struck for Nebraska allowing the state to pay lower Medicaid costs. Check out number four on this Time Magazine list for more.

Raquel Guillory, spokesman for Democrat Gansler, would not comment on “a lawsuit that does not exist yet,” but said that the Attorney General’s office was looking into the issue of the federal bill’s constitutionality.

-Erich Wagner