Some states not changing course amid rising tide of health care reform
July 4th, 2012
05:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Some states not changing course amid rising tide of health care reform

Washington (CNN) – Repeal and replace - or at least resist - is the Republican mantra in the wake of last week's Supreme Court ruling upholding President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law.

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney promises to get rid of Obamacare if elected, and at least four Republican governors say their states will hold off implementing main provisions of the 2010 law to see what happens in November.

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  1. Bob

    So, Ignore it and hope it goes away! So much for helping people who lack proper health care.

    July 4, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    They'll change their minds just like Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he wouldn't take stimulous money but he did. These Republicans Governors will all accept Obamacare but will try to make their constituents believe it's their plan just like some Governors tried to take credit for creating job growth in their States when in fact it was Obama. They had to walk it back.

    July 4, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Some of these Governors are so closminded !

    They are so beholden to big corporations that only juice the people .

    Rick Scott

    July 4, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  4. Logic N LA

    Any governor that does not comply with the law or fails to start the process under due course, should be automatically have his states federal funds withhled. Since when does an elected official from a state get to choose not to enforce federal law? Republicans are out of hand. now they are breaking the law

    July 4, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  5. Andrew

    The GOP deny women the right to choose, oppose the Suprem Court when it rules against their crazy dilusional ideology. Lie about what's in or not in Obamacare to create fear and a sheep based society ready to be controlled by corporations , you'll be enslaved under the boot of a fake free market where you buy stuff they expect you to purchase, consume their cheap food that will make you ill and not provide healthcare .. The GOP are pro death.. Work you until your spent and give you nothing in return.. Don't vote for GOP.. Heck don't vote Liberal .. Find real candidates who don't have an agenda but ideas absent from religious influence.

    July 4, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. Name edward mosley

    Now you see why the american people are fed up with the right wing nuts! Health care law was passed and upheld by the highest court!! Get over it! You lost!! Start earning your salary or face the voters!! I have a good feeling the voters gonna send a strong message to the right wing rejects!!

    July 4, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  7. Larry

    Romney knows what to do – the opposite of everything Obama does. If he wins and doesn't have Obama around to give him ideas what then? He has no ideas of his own:)

    July 4, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. Kathy

    It is the people in the reddest states that need medical attention the most and their govenors are playing politics to help put alexithymic Mitt into the White House, who is going to repeal most Americans' chances to see a doctor ON DAY ONE???

    July 4, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  9. Bob

    Hey voters with GOP govenors,don't you all want to get your teeth fixed or see a doctor for what's been hurting or worrying you? Alexithymic Mitt has his insurance but he wants to take yours away ON DAY ONE.

    July 4, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. chuck weidemann

    So if you don't like the law of the land ignore it....this from the party of family values? Change comes slowly but steadily...When Obama won on a promise of change who knew the resistance his policies would face but the will to move foward is as natural as life itself and people belive in the positive message of better care for all. If this health care law doesn't work time will show this and adjustments will be made...... Until then work with it!!!

    July 4, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. King

    these lunatic repubs are setting up our country, they claim the heat trappinsg gas caused by fossil fuel, which is over heat our earth a fake. now they are claiming universal healthcare will destroy our country. these repubs shout that businesses are not hiring because of uncertainty, yet that all they've done since Obama took office. lesson the programs of the new deal transformed America from just a power, to a super power. the repubs have been fighting against programs that
    support the American people. the obamacare will cut the budget, hires million's of Americans, and cover 30 million of

    July 4, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  12. Thomas

    @Myviewis
    I hope someday Gov. Bobby Jindal will run for president, he is an extremely smart, experienced man. If someone knows about health care it would be Gov. Jindal.

    Hey , you need to look at his education record , his state is 48th ! As for Jindal's heathcare experience , LA is Now 47th in Overall Healthcare Ranking .

    Where do you go for your facts ? We can't help you if you don't want help .

    July 4, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    How appropriate that in this photo the flag is at half-mast! One thing rings true with Republicans, they love to gloat when they win (like in 2010 and the two Bush terms) but they act like spoiled kids when they lose and despite the polling saying the country is ready to move on past this issue, The GOP is going to pout and whine and blame everybody, form conspiracy theories like Roberts was PAID off by some lefties, and spend money to to take their complaints to the media. In 2010 the Dems lost, took their lumps and moved on......the GOP has YET to get over losing in 2008. They really thought they had the court on their side and when Roberts "betrayed" them the hissy fit began. The more they carry on with this I feel it may put more people off. They already have a candidate that changes his views like he changes his socks. This is not helping anyone but their right wing base who thrive off of anything anti-Obama anyway.

    July 4, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  14. Mr 1% the "VULTURE CAPITALIST BUSINESSMAN" will outsource all the poor, disabled, unemployed and elderly, to China and sell America to the highest bidder!

    I say you petulant GOP governors in the South, keep right on pouting and refuse the federal Medicaid funds.

    The refused funds from the 17 states can then be used to REALLY help the other 33. I am not sure having your poor die in the ER while all the 17 state's citizens that pay federal taxes, see their taxes flow to the other33 for their health care is a way to hold power for very long.

    Doing nothing and pouting is a great way to stay in power, keep it up!

    July 4, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  15. Larry L

    The Republicans are doing what they always do – distorting the truth for purely political reasons. The right-wing talking points claim that about the 75% of the healthcare "tax" will be paid by Americans making less than 120k. Stop and think about that statistic... What percentage of individual Americans make less than $120,000 per year? Since the average family income (for a family) is about 63k, the percentage of total of INDIVIDUALS making less than 120k would be far, far more than 75% of Americans. Therefore, people in that bracket are actually paying a significantly smaller percentage of the total cost than anticipated if the costs truly represented their percentage of the population. The very poor will get assistance for the costs (but are still listed in the <120k number) and the rich are unlikely to pay any penalty because they're rich – and the cost of health insurance to them is not significant. It's therefore more likely that earners in the middle group of earners are more likely to fail to purchase insurance AND pay the penalty. Still, people will pay no tax if they obtain health insurance for their family – the goal of the law and the responsible thing for everybody.

    They also cite data from the Congressional Budget Office showing the projected "gross" costs for the next ten years as higher costs than originally projected for ten years starting in 2010. Since nothing really even starts until 2014, the original projection totaled costs for only eight years of the program. They also use the GROSS costs – not reflecting the SAVINGS from best practices, preventive health practices, treatments not inflated by excessive use of E.R. facilities.

    A little honesty from the Republicans would help Americans understand the law – but then honesty is not a part of the Tea Party play book.

    July 4, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  16. Larry L

    A review of Romney's proposal for a law to "replace" the current healthcare law is laughable! His "vision" contains exactly the same provisions as the current law, but he conveniently omits the part about paying for those benefits. He mentions the "free market" and "unspecified cuts"... The free market has been in place all along and unspecified cuts means cuts to benefits to the poor and to Medicare. He plans to hand healthcare over to Wall Street – trashing Medicare and letting his buddies at the top of insurance companies and HMOs to make our health decisions. Think about it!

    July 4, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. sayer

    All three branches of government approved the law. Like it or not you must follow the law. Now get in line.

    July 4, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  18. Dee

    Thiis is ridiculous holding the american people hostage because of their ideology. It is not about the governors the people will speak during election time and also the hospitals. What a shame it is all about the messenger President Obama and not the message.

    July 4, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  19. Mario

    These Republican State are only hurting the citizens. If you don't for your Student Loans the IRS will your tax refund. so if self employed Doctors and Lawyer that don't buy insurance and to go the emergency room and not pay their medical bill the IRs will penalize you with a fine.

    July 4, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  20. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm,
    I understand there are going to be thousands if not tens of thousands of people hired to run Obama Care. That shoukld take care of the high unemployment problem. Where the money is going to come from, that is another matter.

    July 4, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  21. Chipster

    That's exactly what I would expect Republicans to do: behave like a bunch of spoiled children who didn't get their way. So, they'll allow the people in their states to fall behind in receiving health care services that many of their citizens desperately need. The Republican Party's "My way or the highway" attitude has cost us a fortune already with an unnecessary war, bluster & blunder policies, and funneling as much government funds as possible to wealthy insurance, pharmaceutical, and energy companies. Haven't we had enough of these brats already?

    July 4, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Some states have governors that would rather borrow money for things like tax cuts rather than expanding the roles for those that can't really afford medical insurance.

    July 4, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  23. d

    Well what would anyone expect of the party of no...they would not implement anything that benefits the people they are supposed to work for...

    July 4, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  24. Are you kidding me?

    The GOP is an embarrassment. If they were pushing the bill and the dems were on the receiving end they would cry foul to every corner of the world. It is time to ACCEPT the fact that 60 years of dancing around is finally over and do their best to make this work. Sitting in the corner and acting like a spoiled beat is not leadership.

    July 4, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  25. 2020

    Sure, don't change, and people will change you. The collective wisdom of people will toss you out like a old mattress.

    Romney now said Obamacare is a tax. hahaha, what does Romney know about TAX. He pays 15% while everyone else 30% minimum. First, have him pay up his share before he opens his mouth. Every word about TAX will bounce back to hit his face so hard. He will never able to say the word TAX again.

    His mandate in Romney Masscare is not a Tax, just murder.

    July 4, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
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