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Governors Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker refuse to implement Obamacare

Melissa send me this post from The leftist Huffington Post.

Excerpt:

 Just because the Supreme Court affirmed that the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, doesn’t mean that Republican governors are rushing to follow it.

“We’re not going to start implementing Obamacare. We’re committed to working to elect Governor Romney to repeal Obamacare,” said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) Friday morning on a call with reporters hosted by the Republican National Committee.

The Affordable Care Act requires states to set up health care benefits exchanges to help Americans buy insurance. If a state fails to act, the federal government will operate that state’s exchange program.

States have until Jan. 1, 2013, to demonstrate to the Department of Health and Human Services that it has a plan in place for the exchanges, which are required to be up and running by Jan. 1, 2014.

“On the exchanges, we’ve continued not to implement the exchanges in Louisiana. We’re going to work very hard to get Governor Romney elected so this law will be repealed long before the effective dates,” Jindal added.

[...]On Thursday, another leading Republican governor — Wisconsin’s Scott Walker — similarly said, “Wisconsin will not take any action to implement Obamacare. I am hopeful that political changes in Washington, D.C., later this year ultimately end the implementation of this law at the federal level.”

[...]“Here in Louisiana, we’ve not applied for the grants, we’ve not accepted many of these dollars,” Jindal said. “We’re not implementing the exchanges. We don’t think it makes any sense to implement Obamacare in Lousiana. The next opportunity we have to get rid of this law is to get Governor Romney elected, and I absolutely believe that he will be elected in November, and one of his first actions will be to repeal and replace this law.”

It’s good to see some Republican governors in tune with the mood of the public.

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5 Responses

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    I hope Jindal or Walker consider running for President one day…

  2. Jared says:

    Playing Devil’s Advocate here just for fun. :)

    Not sure I agree with this. I’m 100% against the Affordable Care Act, but openly defying what is now (unfortunately) the law of the land is a move I’d expect from liberal Dems. In fact, it’s exactly what Obama, Holder, et al. are doing viz a viz immigration. They are only enforcing the laws as they agree with them, not as they are written. These governors are doing the same thing, taking away the moral high ground. I think they should make a good faith effort to comply while working diligently to make sure it is a waste of time.

    • The requirement is that they have a plan to create the state-level exchanges by January 2013. They are just saying they are not producing a plan or working on a plan until the election is decided.

  3. wbmoore says:

    It doesnt matter if these states fail to implement the law; that will just empower the federal government to do it instead. And once the Federal Government has done it, they wont relinquish control of it.

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