Republican Governors Take Aim At Obama’s Health Care Olive Branch

Feb 28, 2011 7:28pm

ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports:

Despite President Obama’s support for a proposal that would give states the chance to opt out of requirements of the nation’s health care reform law earlier than previously allowed, two leading Republican governors on Monday said the administration’s olive branch was not enough.

While meeting with a bipartisan group of governors at the White House, the president endorsed a plan that would let states come up with alternative health care plans through a waiver process starting in 2014 — three years earlier than current law allows.

“The waiver really doesn’t address the major structural flaw that all of us are facing right now,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry told reporters in Washington on Monday. “I have great concern that the administration is not going to go forward with the flexibility that we’re asking for.”

Perry, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, added “governors just want freedom to manage their states as they and their citizens see fit.”

The wide-ranging discussion, which included Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, touched not only on health care, but also on the president’s budget, competitive governors’ races, the 2012 election and the current political tug-of-war in Wisconsin.

The RGA announced that starting on Tuesday it would begin running a “Stand with Scott Walker” campaign in Wisconsin that will include television and radio ads on behalf of the Republican governor who is locked in a dispute with Democrats and unions over his plan to take away public employees' collective bargaining rights.

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