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  •  GOP clout to fight health reform law (0+ / 0-)

    Governor Chris Christie gave the new governors advice from the trenches.

       "The public is more willing to accept pain and difficulty, more than they have ever been before." GOP Governor Chris Christie - NJ

    Newly elected Republican governors made it quite clear that their primary objective over the next two years is to win the presidency for the GOP in 2012.

       "If we do what we said we would do in the campaign, there is no doubt it will be harder for Obama" to carry states such as Wisconsin and Ohio in 2012."

    Most of the newcomers are already examining the budget battles undertaken by fellow Republican Govs. Mitch Daniels in Indiana and Chris Christie in New Jersey. Both have gained national prominence by trimming state spending and confronting powerful teachers and public-sector unions.

    With Newly-Elected Governors, GOP Gains Clout To Fight Health Reform Law

    In at least 10 states, including Kansas, Tennessee and Oklahoma, Republicans replaced Democrats in governors' mansions.  The GOP also picked up seats in  legislatures in many states.  In the four races for state insurance commissioner, two went to candidates opposed to the law, while voters in California picked a Democrat in favor of it. One incumbent ran unchallenged.

    GOP gubernatorial winners included Sam Brownback of Kansas, who called the reform law "an abomination." Tennessee's governor-elect, Bill Haslam, said the law is an "intolerable expansion" of federal power and a "reminder of the incredible arrogance of Washington."

    In Ohio, former House Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich defeated Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland, after criticizing the law as doing nothing to control costs and "giving bureaucrats more control over our personal health care decisions."  Republicans also took control of the legislature.

    In Wyoming, the election of Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Mead could have significant implications for the health law in that state, since he will have the power to appoint the attorney general and insurance commissioner. Mead says Wyoming cannot afford its share of the funding necessary to expand Medicaid.

    While unable to overturn the federal law, the newly elected officials will be under pressure to act. They could lean on congressional delegations to repeal or change the legislation, seek waivers from some of its provisions, veto state legislation related to it and appoint like-minded people to important positions, such as insurance commissioner slots.

    Republican governors target public employee unions
    Several leaders at a San Diego conference frame unions as the enemy, and call for trimming pay and benefits for teachers and others.

    Come January, Republicans will have 29 of the nation's governorships — or 30 if the GOP candidate in Minnesota emerges as the top vote-getter after a recount.

    Analysts Look to 2011, When Partisans Redraw the Political Map

    Texas has the highest proportion of uninsured residents at 27 percent. If the state dropped Medicaid that would go up to 40 percent.

    by anyname on Sat Nov 20, 2010 at 06:46:17 AM PST

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    •  If we do not stand up to punitive politicians, (1+ / 0-)
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      like we do to abusive spouses and deadbeat dads, then we become enablers.  If punishment is the order of the day, which should be preferred: the competent, effective guy or the incompetent, bumbling drunk?

      The conservative mind relies mainly on what is plain to see.

      by hannah on Sat Nov 20, 2010 at 07:43:59 AM PST

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