Attorneys general for 13 states have written a letter warning congressional leaders they must remove Nebraska's "special dispensation" from new taxes under Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's health care bill, or face legal action.
Sen. Reid threw in the constitutionally dubious plum to win the vote of wavering Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, who had previously pretended to oppose the bill on grounds it will use tax money to fund abortions.
But Nevada's attorney general, Catherine Cortez Masto, declines to join in the action, despite the fact the latest person to urge her to do so is someone whose requests are usually given considerable weight in her office -- the governor of the state of Nevada.
The attorney general "is rejecting Gov. Jim Gibbons' request for an immediate ruling on the constitutionality of the U.S. Senate's health care bill," The Associated Press reported Friday.
In a statement, Ms. Masto, a Democrat, said she has been monitoring the legislation and been in contact with other state attorneys general about the issue. But she says no legal action can take place until the legislation passes both houses and becomes law.
The Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate on Dec. 24 passed by a 60-39 margin -- the majority needed to avoid GOP attempts to stop it.
Of course a lawsuit is not "ripe" until the Democrats finish sewing together their latest monster behind closed doors. But the real reason Ms. Masto is dragging her feet is that this bill's Dr. Frankenstein, Sen. Reid, is the godfather of Nevada Democrats.
Ms. Masto works for Nevadans who will have to pay "more than their share" under Sen. Reid's Nebraska payoff. She should line up with her 13 colleagues opposing the scheme.