Pence hails fellow GOP governors in weekly address
August 24th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
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Pence hails fellow GOP governors in weekly address

(CNN) - While Washington lawmakers are mired in stalemate, Republican governors are pushing through laws that "preserve freedom," Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said in Saturday's weekly GOP address.

The first-term Republican, who began the remarks by blasting President Barack Obama's health care law, said that those governors provide an alternative to waiting on lawmakers in Washington to achieve meaningful change.

The fight over Obama's health law will has persisted over the summer, with some Republicans arguing for a plan that would tie funding the federal government to stripping Obamacare of its financing.

Read the full GOP weekly address below:

"Hello, I'm Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

"These are difficult days for too many Americans. Our economy isn't growing as fast as we would like, and businesses aren't creating as many jobs as we need. In states like Indiana, we're working every day to give people more freedom to grow their businesses, but the over-regulation, higher taxes and new mandates coming from Washington, D.C. are stifling our economy and hurting efforts being made in states across the country.

"Everywhere I go in Indiana, I meet business owners and workers who are in survival mode. They're trying to figure out how to survive the new normal of more regulations, higher taxes and the impending costs and mandates of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

"As implementation of this law gets closer, we are learning more about the burdens it will place on hardworking Americans. In Indiana, the Affordable Care Act will raise the average cost of health insurance in the individual market by an unaffordable 72 percent.

"In addition, the Obama Administration is creating confusion in the marketplace, from its suspension of the cap on out-of-pocket expenses, to providing subsidies without verifying income, to a one-year suspension of the employer mandate, this health care law is weighing down our economy. It's costing jobs, discouraging investment and making the future bleak for too many families.

"But there is an alternative to waiting on Washington, D.C. to come to its senses and more Americans are realizing every day that the cure for what ails this country is starting to emerge… not in our nation's capital but in our nation's state capitals.

"All across this country, 30 Republican governors are working hard to push back and preserve freedom. While Washington raises taxes, Republicans governors are cutting them. As Washington stifles job growth by adding new regulations, Republican governors are adding jobs by eliminating unneeded regulations and bringing fresh approaches to some of the nation's greatest challenges.

"Nowhere is this more true than in health care. Here in Indiana, we run a nationally-recognized program called the Healthy Indiana Plan. The Healthy Indiana Plan offers the uninsured an affordable health care plan with savings accounts that they control. Giving people in Indiana more freedom and more responsibility over their health care has improved outcomes and now 95 percent our plan's enrollees are satisfied with their coverage. This is a perfect example of the truth that by letting freedom and personal responsibility work together, you reduce the need for government. Republican governors understand this truth, and the proof is in our results. In balanced budgets, lower taxes and less regulation that's promoting job growth.

"These are tough times, and this health care law may make them tougher still. That's why we should always remember on whose shoulders we stand– and never forget as President Reagan reminded us, that 'the states that created the federal government, the federal government didn't create the states.' Our founders insisted that protecting the states' power to govern themselves was vital to limit the power of Washington and preserve freedom. They were right then, and as Republican governors are proving every day, they are even more right now. More freedom and flexibility for the principled leadership emerging in states across this nation can and will promote good healthcare and a healthy economy.

"Thanks for listening."

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. G-Simms

    Well spoken, people. What the fudge is this GOP fool talking about? All they've done is try to supress our voters, take away women's rights, and cut proper funding for the unfortunate. They've accomplished a lot with destroying ours cities, schools, programs, etc. Conflict and mayhem is what they've succeeded. Vote these most of these clowns out, especially in the house. A 219-216 majority would'nt give democrats the house, but it will give them great leverage to pass bills.

    August 24, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. Winston Smith

    Indiana, home of the dumbest governor in history. Even his own party holds their nose when he speaks.

    August 24, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. MaryM

    Preserving Freedom? HA! Trying to disenfranchise Americans and take away their right to vote. North Carolina for example. That's what Republicans consider preserving freedom. What a bunch GOP hypocrites!

    August 24, 2013 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  4. Name Uche Agonsi

    If Pence Virginia implemented differing policies from those of the Feds, then why is the state still having hard times, & why blaming Obama. Pence should tell his people how the poor & middle class citizens in his state benefited so far from the low tax to rich, balance budget, & savings health plans(to unemployed) policies. Americans are no fools to realise that the Sequester, Budgetary gridlocks, and legislative constraints in a recession are major factors causing slowed US economic growth & unemployment.

    August 25, 2013 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  5. Burt

    What Gov Pence fails to remind his 'everything Obama' haters is this. Congress has gone on record saying they will do everything in their power and stop at nothing to defeat or impeach the sitting POTUS. That means, not push through any laws or programs implemented by him or the Democrats. That includes...refusing to work with them, compromise, be objective etc. Then they go on record saying how bad the current administration is and how good they are. Face, GOTP, are what's wrong with the USofA. Lie, spread rumors, misinform and spread fear to your base. Which is increasingly becoming a band of torch waving, hatred spouting, extremely ignorant, WHITE, neo fascists! Then at the end of your non productive day, you go to your palacial estates and bow to your big business, big oil, big pharma, bank and insurance gods, all the while with a big smile on your face! And you call yourselves Christian? WOW!

    August 25, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  6. Dixie

    If the people in a state believe they can provide the sevices that the people want or need better than the government's plan they should be free to do so. Why has it become the government's job to micro manage the people of this country. It is not their job.

    August 25, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  7. Anonymous

    We get it. Duly noted. Now what can you do to get this country back to working again? Hint: Fighting with President Obama is not working. Try something a bit original – like actually caring for ALL of the people in this country, not just the almighty 1%.

    Denna, they will be sending their trolls out in full force pretending to be dissatisfied Democrats, black and Latino, to sway our minds in their direction. Many will have also been Hillary supporters who for whatever reason are now staunch supporters of Ted Cruz. Their reasoning for this 100% turnaround? Nary a peep. They haven't reached that level of the intellectual debate. They never will - intellectually. We're to follow them like the sheep THEY are.

    August 25, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  8. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    What a bunch of GOP bs . The GOP red states are at the bottom of the barrel and will stay there until the voters get smart and join America which is doing way better,they have better education and wages in dem states!!!!

    August 25, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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