Barbour Says Mississippi Will Join Lawsuit by May

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says it will probably be mid-May when he joins a multi-state lawsuit challenging a federal health care overhaul. More than a dozen other states have already joined the federal suit filed by Florida.

Republican Barbour originally asked Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood to represent Mississippi. Hood said Friday that Barbour could hire a private attorney to do the work.

Barbour sent Hood a letter Tuesday saying attorney Michael Wallace of Jackson will represent Mississippi at no public expense.

Wallace often represents Republicans and was nominated to a federal appeals court in 2006 by then-President George W. Bush. Wallace withdrew his nomination. He was opposed by the same Democrats and groups who opposed the nomination of Judge Charles Pickering.

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  • by MJ on Apr 19, 2010 at 09:30 PM
    My experience with people who are always hateful and sarcastic is that they believe life has dealt them an unfair blow. Of course, there are many people who have had an unfair blow who continue on with grace and dignity. The difference in the two kinds of people is character, or the lack of it.
  • by MJ on Apr 19, 2010 at 05:14 PM
    Laura- what has happened in your life to make you such a mean and spiteful thing? Why do 95% of your posts refer to everyone else as rednecks? I know that it is nice to feel important, but it is also important to be nice.
  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Apr 18, 2010 at 04:41 PM
    "B"----I agree with you 100%. I just plain don't understand why people rant and rave about the health care plan, and how "bad" it is going to be for the American public, when those people don't have the slightest idea EXACTLY what the health care plan entails. Become enlightened, people-----you are acting like a bunch of sheep following in line with whichever ignorant redneck started this scam on Mississippians. I am sure there are some areas in the health care plan that may need to be revised--nothing is absolutely perfect---but quit running your mouths until you know exactly what you are talking about---AFTER you have done some research.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2010 at 04:16 PM
    There is nothing frivolous about this. It's about time somebody stood up to the selling out of America to foreign countries & our enemies. United health care is NOT as good as it sounds & it's NOT about raising taxes. It's NOT about a strangle hold on "we the people". If you are a zombie & want to follow a pied piper, that's fine, you can do so. But as for me, it's NOT something I wish to embrace & I personally don't wish on anyone. If you want to be a slave, then you are fastly becoming one to the government. Then you won't have a first amendment or any other right. After that you won't have a right to complain because you were one of the ones who, not only allowed it to happen, but helped usher it in. Thank the Almighty God above for the governors, attorney generals & others who are joining in the lawsuits to stop this madness. Back room, closed-door deals is NOT the American way. This is NOT "we the people" when you don't allow ALL the elected representatives access to the deals.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2010 at 01:11 PM
    Did you not read this story, veteran? The private attorney representing Mississippi is doing so at no public expense. Anyway he's entering this lawsuit to protect the state of Mississippi from ruin. Some people, even the patriotic ones, sometimes just don't get it.
  • by veteran Location: lauderdale county on Apr 14, 2010 at 12:48 PM
    i voted for barbour both times, and i think he has been an excellent govenor, but i do believe all he is doing is sitting himself up for the next step in his career and i dont like that he is going to use tax payers money to do it.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2010 at 12:30 PM
    Can you say "FRIVILOUS."
  • by B on Apr 14, 2010 at 08:56 AM
    People should read about the health care deal and stop listening to people who think they know what it is about. It is not a democratic vs republican issue. There are many americans who don't have health care. But if your employer has a health plan in place, then why the concern. Yes, we complain paying more taxes. Look, no matter what you do you will be taxed until you die. So what is the big deal with paying more taxes. What Haley Barbour needs to worry about is his cutting of funds to schools and other agencies. But then again, I didn't vote for him
  • by veteran Location: lauderdale county on Apr 14, 2010 at 07:05 AM
    i say again, if these people spend tax payers money on this lawsuit and do not win, (which they wont), the govenor and the rest of them should repay the taxpayers all the expenses out of their own pocket. by the way, it is not a "federal health care overhaul" it is a federal "LAW".
  • by chunkyriverdawg Location: ms on Apr 14, 2010 at 06:30 AM
    it's about time mississippi jumped into the fray with our southern sisters and brothers. i was beginning to get worried that we would succumb to some sort of shady back-room deal to stay out of the lawsuit. thank you gov. barbour
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