Hill Conservatives to 50 Governors: Stunt ObamaCare, Opt Out of Exchanges
"Moreover, the cost to the state will be minimal — for the first three years, the federal government will cover 100 percent of the cost of the expansion," Fudge said.
Governors who have opted out already include Republicans Rick Scott (Fla.), Bobby Jindal (La.), Scott Walker (Wis.) and Nikki Haley (S.C.).
Jordan, who was visiting a hospital in his district today and hearing concerns there about ObamaCare implementation, called the Democratic push the "classic example of how the two sides in D.C. operate."
"It doesn't surprise me," he said. "They believe that healthcare should be run by folks in Washington, D.C. We just happen to think differently."
"That's why it's probably appropriate now that the people have their say," Jordan said, adding "everyone understands that this issue is central to the campaign."
And the conservatives' message to governors is that their cooperation is central to stopping full implementation of ObamaCare.
“Now that we know the courts will not save us from this harmful and unsustainable law, we urge all governors to join our fight full repeal by stopping its implementation," said DeMint. "Americans have loudly rejected this law because it raises costs, lowers quality of care, and hikes taxes. The President’s health care law will not reform anything, but will hurt state budgets, destroy jobs, and reduce patient choices. States should reject these complex and costly exchanges."
"If governors want to raise the cost of hiring people in their states, they should create an Obamacare exchange. If they want more jobs in their state, they should not. It’s that simple,” said Jordan.
By refusing to create an exchange, the letter stresses, governors will help Republicans in Congress battle a recently finalized IRS regulation that allows the federal government to provide premium assistance to citizens in states that have not created exchanges.
"State-run exchanges are subject to all of the same coverage mandates and rules as the federally-run exchange," the letter states. "Clearing the hurdles of crafting an exchange that complies with the 600 plus pages of federal exchange regulations will only result in wasted state resources and higher premiums for your constituents."
Jordan told PJM that while the RSC is looking ahead to the next steps as it continues its fight against ObamaCare, it's hard for him to look back at Chief Justice John Roberts' ruling and judge why the Bush appointee ruled as he did.
"I assume [people's] motivation is in a good direction," he said. "I happen to think this was wrong. I don't delve into what motivated it."
But, Jordan added, "just because individuals in a black robe say something is right doesn't mean that it is."