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    This page contains letters signed by elected officials, usually written to the President or relevant members of Congress.

110107-Gov on Jan 7, 2011

Letter: Letter to Pres. Obama from 32 Governors
Source: Letter to Obama from 32 Governors
As Governors, we are writing to you regarding the excessive constraints placed on us by healthcare-related federal mandates. One of our biggest concerns continues to be the Maintenance of Effort (MOE) provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which prevent states from managing their Medicaid programs for their unique Medicaid populations. We ask for your immediate action to remove these MOE requirements so that states are once again granted the flexibility to control their program costs and make necessary budget decisions.

Every Governor, Republican and Democrat, will face unprecedented budget challenges in the coming months. Efforts to regulate state operations impose greater uncertainty on our budgets for oncoming years and create a perfect storm when coupled with the current state of the economy.

Health and education are the primary cost drivers for most state budgets. Medicaid enrollment is up. Revenues are down. States are unable to afford the current Medicaid program, yet our hands are tied by the MOE requirements. The effect of the federal requirements is unconscionable; the federal requirements force Governors to cut other critical state programs, such as education, in order to fund a "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid. Again, we ask you to lift the MOE requirements so that states may make difficult budget decisions in ways that reflect the needs of their residents.

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Question 5: Expand ObamaCare Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Health Care
  • Headline: Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid (Score: -1)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 3.
  • Headline: Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid (Answer: C)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 3 on Healthcare: When you think about healthcare reform in the United States, which of the following solutions is closest to your opinion?
    • A: The Government should be the sole provider of healthcare insurance
    • B: The Government should have a major role in providing healthcare insurance
    • C: The Government should have a limited role in providing healthcare insurance
    • D: Only private companies should provide healthcare insurance
    • E: Unsure

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  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 110107-Gov

Sonny Perdue s1sGA Former Democratic Governor (2002-2010) 

Republicans participating in 110107-Gov

Haley Barbour s1sMS Former Republican challenger (2006), Governor 
Robert Bentley s1sAL Republican Governor 
Terry Branstad s1sIA Republican Governor 
Jan Brewer s1sAZ Republican Governor 
Sam Brownback s1sKS Republican Governor 
Chris Christie s1sNJ Republican Governor 
Tom Corbett s1sPA Republican Governor 
Jack Dalrymple s1sND Republican Governor 
Mitch Daniels s1sIN Former Republican Governor (2005-2013) 
Dennis Daugaard s1sSD Republican Governor 
Nathan Deal s1sGA Republican Governor 
Mary Fallin s1sOK Republican Governor 
Nikki Haley s1sSC Republican Governor 
Bill Haslam s1sTN Republican Governor 
Gary Herbert s1sUT Republican Governor 
Bobby Jindal s1sLA Republican Governor 
John Kasich s1sOH Republican Governor 
Paul LePage s1sME Republican Governor 
Susana Martinez s1sNM Republican Governor 
Bob McDonnell s1sVA Republican Governor 
Matt Mead s1sWY Republican Governor 
Butch Otter s1sID Republican Governor 
Rick Perry s1sTX Republican Governor 
Bob Riley s1sAL Former Republican Governor (until 2010) 
Brian Sandoval s1sNV Republican Governor 
Mark Sanford s1sSC Former Republican Governor (2002-2010) 
Rick Scott s1sFL Republican Governor 
Rick Snyder s1sMI Republican Governor 
Scott Walker s1sWI Republican Governor 

Independents participating in 110107-Gov

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 1
Republicans: 29
Independents: 0

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