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Attorney General Tom Corbett was indignant when reporters saw political motives in his decision to join a suit challenging the health care bill just enacted by Congress.

"You (reporters) can take whatever shots you want," he said at a Harrisburg news conference last week. "If I was not running for governor, would I still be joining this lawsuit? Yes. We are not playing politics here."

Despite the apolitical motives Mr. Corbett professed, his campaign for governor wasted no time capitalizing on the suit.  In a fund-raising letter addressed to “Dear Fellow Conservative,’’ Mr. Corbett touts his participation in the multi-state suit.  In describing its legal grounds, howeer, he cites several provisions that were no longer part of the proposal, notably the “Cornhusker kickback,’’ that under an earlier version of the measure would have given Nebraska special treatment on Medicaid reimbursements.

In his request for contributions, Mr Corbett says, “You see, I’m 100 percent opposed to President Barack Obamam’s plans to impose government-run, socialized medicine on Pennsylvania and its citizens.’’


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