Despite recent opposition from Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, Republican Governor Jim Gibbons will sue the federal government over the recently passed health care law.

The president signed H.R. 3590 into law earlier this week on behalf of his mother, who battled cancer, and many other uninsured Americans. The president implied that the “Overheated Rhetoric” that has been strongly against the bill will now give place to reality.

Nevada marks the 15th state to argue that the legislation’s requirement that individuals buy health insurance violates the Constitution and offers nothing to suggest “reform”. A lawsuit filed by 13 states in a federal court in Pensacola, Florida, called the act an “unprecedented encroachment on the sovereignty of the states” and asks a judge to block its enforcement. (source)

Republican congressman Dean Hellar voted against the bill when it came to the house floor on March 21st and purports that he can not support this bill and say in good conscience that he is representing the people of Nevada.

Masto, a Democrat, contends “In my professional judgment, joining the litigation filed by 14 other states, as you have suggested, is not warranted by existing law at this time.” She further added “There is no practical reason for Nevada to join the litigation absent a clear and separate legal interest that Nevada has apart from those other states.” (source)

Gibbons will hold a news conference on Tuesday to make his formal announcement. (source)

*Tess Gardner

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