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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / Campaign 2012

Conservatives to Governors: Don't Implement 'Obamacare'

Leading activists ask all 50 governors to reject a Medicaid expansion and decline to set up online insurance marketplaces.

photo of Naureen Khan
July 16, 2012

Twenty-five leading conservatives are urging the nation’s governors to reject the Affordable Care Act by refusing to implement its two cornerstones. 

In a letter to all 50 governors, the activists asked them to reject the law's now optional Medicaid expansion and refuse to set up the state-level health insurance exchanges.Those signing the letter included Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union; Amy Kremer, chairman of the Tea Party Express, and conservative activists such as Phyllis Schlafly and Brent Bozell.

“We are writing to you, the Governors of all 50 States, to urge you to join us in protesting the implementation of the president’s transformational healthcare law, and to join us in the nationwide battle against a system that leads to rationed care, less choice and higher costs for all,” the letter reads.

 

“Specifically, we are asking you to do two things which, when taken together and if implemented by a majority of states, will help in the effort to repeal the current law and to enact, in its place, a law that will create a fairer and more responsible healthcare system for all Americans.”

The signatories wrote under the letterhead "The Paul Revere Project," a coalition of conservative groups. They argue that the two measures will save taxpayers billions and lead to the replacement of the health care act with “a market-oriented and effective law.”

Last month’s Supreme Court ruling made the Medicaid expansion that extends coverage to up to 17 million low-income Americans optional for the states. Some GOP governors--including Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley--have come out strongly against it already, saying they will not participate. Many others, like Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, have said they are holding off on making a decision while they weigh the costs and benefits. 

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