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Maryland Governor To Attend Signing Of Health Bill

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By Rebecca Blatt

Maryland's Gov. Martin O'Malley will attend the signing of the health care bill at the White House Tuesday.

O'Malley says he will appoint a commission to study how the federal government's overhaul will affect his state and to make recommendations about how to implement it. The Democrat is cheering passage of the legislation, and says the plan will save Maryland money as it takes care of the costs of initiatives currently paid for by the state.

Meanwhile, Virginia's Gov. Bob McDonnell is criticizing the legislation, calling it an "unprecedented expansion of federal power." The Republican says it threatens to bleed states dry. Virginia's attorney general says he will challenge it in court, calling the federal insurance mandate unconstitutional.

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