Republican Governors Looking for Showdown in Health Care
On Thursday, before the Supreme Court ruled on the healthcare law, the majority of people believed the court would strike it down. Governors said they would put off action of the Affordable Care Act until after the Court’s ruling. Now the governors must hope Mitt Romney is elected President and repeals the law.
Five GOP governors including Rick Perry, Bob McDonnell, Nikki Haley, Chris Christie and Bobby Jindal, have said they would continue fighting against the legislation and would resist implementing state-based insurance exchanges that the law calls for. Jindal said Louisiana refused to put the exchange in place and would not implement Obamacare. The Louisiana Governor said the state was not applying for any grants, had not accepted money and he thinks there is no sense in implementing the legislation in Louisiana.
In New Jersey, Governor Christie said he would veto once again any legislation that created health insurance exchanges in the state, if his state legislature passes it. Virginia’s Governor McDonnell said lawmakers had adopted language that authorizes the exchanges but not creating them. McDonnell on two occasions would not answer a direct question on if he would implement an exchange; he instead said he would have decisions to make.
McDonnell said each individual state had to decide if it would make the expansion of Medicaid, which causes a big hit to Medicare and a flight of those in small business policies.
Haley said South Carolina has already decided to not implement any exchange. Texas’ Rick Perry had no interest at all in speeding up the implementation of the new healthcare law and said he would not create any health insurance exchange.
The White House says it will create health insurance exchanges state-by-state in places where politicians are hostile towards the law and refuse to do so.