At National Conference, Governors Start Brainstorming A Back-Up Plan If Health Law Is Overturned By Courts
Some states have already begun enshrining protections guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act, but others see the current legal challenge to the health law as an opportunity for Congress to pass a new, improved version. The states' leaders discussed the issue at the summer meeting of the National Governors Association.
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Governors Weigh Health Care Plans As They Await Court Ruling
As they gather at a conference in Utah, governors from around the U.S. are starting to think about what they will do if an appeals court upholds a lower court ruling overturning former President Barack Obama's signature health care law. More than 20 million Americans would be at risk of losing their health insurance if the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agrees with a Texas-based federal judge who declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional last December because Congress had eliminated an unpopular tax it imposed on people who did not buy insurance. (McCombs, 7/25)
Polis Crows About Colorado Health Care At National Conference
Colorado's Jared Polis was one of a group of Democratic governors claiming a major success on health care at a national conference Thursday. "Coloradans, like all Americans, are tired of being ripped off on heath care costs," Polis said at the National Governors Association’s summer meeting in Salt Lake City. Polis said one of the first things he did after taking office in January was to create the Office of Saving People Money on Healthcare. (Bunch, 7/25)