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Tennessee says 13 states' challenge to health bill is premature

The Tennessean, December 31, 2009

A Republican effort to force changes to the healthcare reform bill appears to be gathering steam, but Tennessee's attorney general said that his office will sit out on the challenge for now, The Tennessean reports. Attorneys general in 13 states said in a letter to Congressional leaders that they will sue unless lawmakers remove a deal that gives Nebraska a break on Medicaid payments in exchange for that state's Democratic senator's vote for healthcare reform. The law violates the Constitution because it amounts to a tax break for citizens of one state, the group says.