Some of these GOP governors including Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas, Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Gov. Robert McDonnell of Virginia, and Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia, have announced they will refuse to implement the Obamacare exchanges because they are too costly and they don’t have the necessary information they need to, to know what it’s going to fully cost.
A number of other GOP governors are still weighing the issues of whether or not to make the same decision.
Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell commented on the situation saying:
“Republican governors would rather do things at the state level, rather than have the federal government do it, but the problem is we’ve been asking for months in writing for information and the rule-making to give us the information about how the state and federal exchanges are going to be set up. And we still have a great absence of information.”
“If they’re not going to provide the information . . . the only thing to do is to default and let the federal government set it up. Either way, you comply with the law.”
“It’s a great concern with already an over-burdensome Medicaid program that is killing most governors’ budgets around the country, so we want to know what we’re getting into. If there’s no answers, we’re going to have a federal exchange. I can’t recommend that we set [a state exchange] up in Virginia.”
Governors across the nation have until December 14 to make their decision on whether or not they will implement the Obamacare exchanges.