Republican Governors Push Obama to Change Health-Care Policies
Twenty-one Republican governors ask the federal government to run the exchanges where the residents can buy medical insurance in 2014 under the new health-care law. The request letter was sent to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
The Republicans say they don’t mind running the exchanges as long as they can set the benefit rules that decide which insurers are allowed to sell policies, and force residents who are otherwise covered by Medicaid to buy insurance.
This is already the second letter in the past two months that the Republican governors have asked the administration to change the new health-care law. Attorney generals of several states have also challenged the validity of the health-care law.
According to the health-care law, states will be required to develop exchanges and have more residents join Medicaid. The health-care program will expand to cover more people.
The governors stated that in its current form, the health-care law will destroy state budgets and increase the costs of the health-care system. Last month the group asked the administration to waive the rules that prevent the states from limiting the number of residents who are qualified for Medicaid. They say that the costs of the program will increase the budget deficit of each state.