About 20 protestors aligned with labor groups went to Attorney General Tom Corbett's Pittsburgh office today and dropped off official complaint forms with his Bureau of Consumer Protection office, saying his lawsuit over health care reform is wasteful and misguided.
Corbett is "disrespecting our elected government . . . He's using our tax money for his personal gain," complained Lucille Prater-Holliday, Pittsburgh director of Pennsylvania Communities Organizing for Change.Corbett-- a Shaler Republican running for governor -- announced last week that he was joining 12 other attorneys general nationwide (all but one of them Republicans) in suing the federal government to block the health care reform bill, claiming it is unconstitutional. Democrats (including Gov. Ed Rendell) and union groups have assailed the suit, calling it frivolous and politically motivated. Corbett has said the suit is necessary to protect states from an overreaching federal government.
With noontime temperatures in the mid-70s, protestors grouped outside the AG's private office building on Forbes Avenue, Downtown, many of them remarking on what a nice day it was for protesting. Maryellen Hayden of the Western Pennsylvania chapter of Health Care for America Now wore a wide-brimmed straw hat and shorts.
"We're going to the office of consumer protection and saying we need protection from the Attorney General," she said.