Perdue’s veto is political, ignores rights of North Carolinians

Raleigh – A bill that Gov. Beverly Perdue previously said was “not worth a battle” received her veto stamp today, on the heels of a White House meeting with President Obama.

The Protect Health Care Freedom measure (HB 2) would have allowed North Carolinians to opt out of major provisions of Obama’s new federal health care law, such as the individual mandate that citizens purchase health insurance.

When asked about the bill earlier this week, Perdue said she had an entire team working on the bill, and, “I took it with me to Washington last weekend, and I’m in the process of deciding what I’m gonna do with it…”

Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) responded with the following statement:

“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.”

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