Republicans try to override health care bill veto

March 9, 2011 4:12:17 AM PST
Republican legislators are doing what they can to find enough votes to override Governor Perdue’s veto of House Bill number 2.

The bill would block part of the federal health care law that requires people to buy health insurance or face a penalty.

Governor Perdue said she believes this is all politics at play.

“I actually continue to believe this bill is a political distraction,” Governor Perdue said. “It’s been a political distraction from the start.”

Perdue believes the issue of requiring Americans to buy health insurance or face a fine will end up in the Supreme Court.

Still, she said she is meeting with legislators on both sides of the aisle.

“I have begun to have some of the meetings in the mansion and some of the meetings in the Capitol, and I think that works well for all of us,” Perdue said.

There is a big push online to rally at the legislative building on Wednesday, as the bill comes up for a vote in the House.

Conservative blogger Randy’s Right encourages all email recipients to target a handful of Democrats.

Four are needed to join Republicans to override the governor’s veto.

Some of the legislators on his list tell us they have been hammered with calls and emails.

Former Charlotte Mayor and possible Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory has also joined the effort, urging residents to contact their legislators.

McCrory points to the governor’s recent visits to Washington as the reason why she decided to veto the bill rather than allowing it to become law without her signature.

In an online video, McCrory said, “after her trip to the White House and meetings with other Washington politicians, Governor Perdue changed her initial stance and chose to veto this common sense legislation.”

Perdue says that is just not true. The governor says a letter from Attorney General Roy Cooper fueled the apparent change of heart.

Perdue said, “An accusation like that is just nothing but pure, raw politics, and I think we’re all better than that.”

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