Governor’s Letter to HHS

Here is the Governor’s letter to  Kathleen Sebelius Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

This letter is stating that the states should have the right to setup the health exchange without the federal governments mandates.  This is a huge statement!  These governors realize that the federal mandates will make the plans in the exchange unaffordable. So the states want to develop the plans with cost in the equation. Not everyone needs or wants the same level of benefits.

The other major factor here is the medicaid. The states cannot afford the expansion of medicaid either in enrollment or increased benefits.

The list of Governor’s that signed
Governor Rick Perry of Texas
Governor Gary R. Herbert of Utah
Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin
Governor Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota
Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee
Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania
Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina
Governor Terry E. Branstad of Iowa
Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas
Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana
Governor Paul R. LePage of Maine
Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi
Governor David Heineman of Nebraska
Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada
Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico
Governor John R. Kasich of Ohio
Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma
Governor Robert J. Bentley of Alabama
Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia
Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter of Idaho
Governor Mitch Daniels of Indianapolis