Look to the states

The New York Times looks at how Republican Governor's are bucking health care reform:

The new chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, said he was sticking by his earlier decision not to create a state-based insurance exchange where the uninsured can buy subsidized coverage. The federal requirements are such, he said, that he thinks the state may as well opt for a federally run exchange.

'One of the reasons we have chosen not to operate the exchanges as a state is the reality is that they’re not really giving us the authority to make these decisions,' he said. 'So it’s state responsibility without state authority, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense in my book.'"

God bless federalism:

"Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, who wrapped up his term as chairman of the group, noted that 60 percent of the states, with about 180 million people, now have Republican governors. He made it clear that they would sometimes try to check the president’s powers, mentioning the 10th Amendment, which reserves powers to the states."

A related editorial at The Wall Street Journal.


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  • 11/29/2012 8:58 PM Mark wrote:
    I certainly applaud the states that refuse to be accomplices.

    Now that we've not only read the bill, but seen the flaws in the system, I realize just how dangerous to our health it is. From my understanding, there are demands placed on providers to give defined treatments. For example, your child gets cancer and the federal guideline lays out the treatment that they will receive. Unless you're a little more equal and find a work-around, every other child will also receive the same federally approved treatment. Let's say that treatment turns out to be wrong. Now, the entire country with that ailment will be harmed in exactly the same way.

    The only bright side to all of this is we're all going to get an unnecessary lesson in what's wrong with Socialism. Maybe I'm being optimistic that we'll learn the error of our ways.
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