Some states not changing course amid rising tide of health care reform
July 4th, 2012
05:50 PM ET
9 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. CBR

    Interesting that Governor Jindel will continue to resist Obamacare. The people living in Louisiana need health care coverage and they cannot afford the insurance. The Governor seems to resist anything that would help the people of his state.

    July 4, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. The Other Dale

    So it comes down to this: Republicans are now just closing their eyes real tight, covering their heads and throwing tantrums against reality. This is just stupidity in action.

    Even if you are are praying for Romney to win (which is pretty unlikely) and a bunch of Republicans to get into the Senate (which is very unlikely) and House (which is unlikely), you would still need all three to be working hand and hand and convincing a bunch of Democrats still in office to join then (again, very unlikely) before anything could be repealed. Most analysts already point out that it is nearly impossible for the Republicans to do this, yet we have four governors who are praying for the impossible and ignoring their upcoming problems.

    Look – you may think this sucks, but it's not going away. Even if Romney wins, there's no way he's going to be able to get rid of it Day One, or even Year Three. So you either grab yourself a backbone and deal with it, or else go down in history for your state as incredibly incompetent. You're killing people otherwise, you crybabies.

    July 4, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  3. luke,az

    Republican Govenors that don't support ObamaCares are digging their political graves.

    July 4, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  4. Myviewis

    So Obama couldn't be a bully from Chicago, allowing the federal government to withhold all Medicaid funding from non-participating state governments. And this is Mr. Nice guy, community worker. Yeah right, sell that story to Hallmark Channel.

    July 4, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  5. J.V.Hodgson

    The Healtcare law PPACA has gon thru and passed every step of the " checks and balances" in our constitution, be that electoral votes and House and Senate and also multiple challenges in multiple state courts and the final constitutional arbiter the Supreme Court.
    Republicans will be better served and gain more traction voter wise by forgetting the REPEAL bit but go for REPLACE and IMPROVE, utilising what they chased for in debates but did not get. If the poll are right that will sway independent voters who are much needed if Romney ? republicans are to win in November.

    July 5, 2012 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  6. Paul Thomas

    The ACA is a start, let's face it it got watered down so it would go down the GOP's throat better now they are complaining but any one with a Job knows co pays have gone up either 3x or double in the last few years. Your company deducts more out of your paycheck every year, caps have gone down, insurance companies find new ways to screw us over every benefit season. Please use common sense; penalty, tax, what ever you've been paying more every year in many ways and paying for the uninsured. The ACA is a start but the lack of a plan by the RNC retards any kind of progress we make and costs will continue to go up. It's really easy to criticize but what's your plan GOP ?

    July 5, 2012 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  7. Gregg H

    What's this the Civil War all over again??

    July 5, 2012 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  8. Doug from Seattle

    The health care system in this country has been broken for a long time. Thank goodness President Obama and the Democrats had the courage to do something about it. There will be a day when all but the extreme will recognize the good that this legislation has brought to our great country!

    July 5, 2012 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Jeez, these GOP governors are pieces of .... work. After President Obama is reelected, they'll whine about how terrible the big bad federal government is because it didn't give them enough time to implement Obamacare.

    Wake up, folks, get the polls, and vote for President Obama and a full Democratic slate! They are the only ones who actually DO something for the American people!

    July 5, 2012 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  10. Chris

    In some ways, I almost wish ACA had been struck down. That way the Republicans would have then been forced to put forth their plan to replace it with that they had literally years to work on. And all the would have come back with is deregulation and tax cuts for the rich – which is their answer for everything.

    Republicans are big on "Repeal" but give nothing but airy rhetoric when it comes to "Replace."

    July 5, 2012 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
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