Perry blasts health care reform bill provision

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Associated Press

Posted on January 8, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 8 at 12:07 PM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry railed today against the so-called "Nebraska Compromise." That's a provision of a health care reform bill in Congress that would shield only Nebraska from the cost of expanding federal health insurance for the poor.

In an appearance in San Antonio, he said he supports Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's suggestion that states could sue over the provision.

The governor said the deal — negotiated to win key support from U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, a Nebraska Democrat — is "an example of governing in the dark of night. ... Americans are sick of deals cut behind their backs."

Earlier in the day, in an appearanc in Houston, Perry continued his criticism of Washington, proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to require Congress to balance the federal budget. And yesterday in Lubbock, he proposed making it harder for the Legislature to raise taxes and would limit the amount state spending could grow.

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