Parnell: Happy to return money if feds want it

Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011

JUNEAU — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell hasn’t decided whether to return federal funds his state received to implement provisions of the federal health care overhaul he deems unconstitutional. But if the federal government asks for the money back, he says he’ll be happy to return it.

According to a website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the state received at least $14.7 million for programs under the law.

A judge in Florida last month struck down the overhaul as unconstitutional. Alaska was a party in the case. Despite conflicting court rulings in other cases, Parnell considers the Florida ruling the law of the land as it pertains to Alaska.

Still, he acknowledges the situation is fluid. The U.S. Supreme Court is ultimately expected to weigh in.

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