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Barbour to Hood: You file suit, or I will

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Governor Haley Barbour added his voice to those calling for Mississippi's Attorney General to file suit challenging the constitutionality of healthcare reform legislation.

Barbour said the bill , which is set to be signed by President Obama, has "serious constitutional problems."

"The healthcare legislation passed Sunday infects the economy with harmful tax increases, strips benefits from senior citizens and robs each citizen of their basic freedom to choose their own healthcare," Barbour wrote in his letter to Attorney General Jim Hood.

Earlier in the day Monday, Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant issued a similar request to Mississippi's democrat attorney general, saying, "The 10th Amendment protects states from an overbearing federal government. It is time we exercise those rights."

Governor Barbour requested an answer from the Attorney General by noon Thursday, March 25. If Hood refuses to file suit to protect the interests of Mississippians, Governor Barbour said he intends to file the lawsuit himself.

"This costly unfunded mandate could not have come at a worse time for our state's economy," he said. "Mississippi continues to see declining monthly revenue collections, and we have been forced to cut priority areas like education and public safety. Under the plan, 15 million people would be moved to the federal-state Medicaid program, which already strains our state budget every year. Once the temporary funding is gone, we can expect taxes to spike by hundreds of millions of dollars for Mississippians who will have to pay for this expanded program."

"The federal government is clearly overreaching its authority by forcing Mississippians and all Americans to buy a product simply because he or she is alive," Governor Barbour said.

Click here to read Governor Barbour's letter to Attorney General Hood.

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