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Thu January 7, 2010

Health Care Reform Update

Columbia, S.C. – AP: State AGs make appeal over health care deal

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Two top state prosecutors are asking attorneys general across the country to let Washington know if they oppose the health care reform bill they say includes a political deal for Nebraska.

South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and Oklahoma top prosecutor Drew Edmondson asked their colleagues Wednesday to call on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to remove the provision.

Republican U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint of South Carolina say the legislation was amended to win Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson's support.

Last week, McMaster and 12 other Republican attorneys general threatened to sue if the estimated $100 million deal he has dubbed the "Cornhusker Kickback" were not removed in conference committee.

Edmondson is the only Democrat to join.