Energy and Commerce Listens to Governors' Ideas on Medicaid and State Health Reform

March 1, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), today heard from Govs. Haley Barbour (R-MS), Gary Herbert (R-UT), and Deval Patrick (D-MA) as they discussed the impact of the new health care law on Medicaid and state budgets and proposed ideas to allow flexibility for states.  Prior to the hearing, the Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Finance Committee released a report outlining that the law's massive Medicaid expansion will cost states at least $118 billion.

Upton Invites Governors' Ideas
 
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How will the health care law affect states?
 
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Herbert: "We're going to have to cut from some other programsor raise taxes."

Barbour: "It's going to take a very big tax increase."
 

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Barbour: "It will drive up the cost for health insurance for the individuals and businesses"

What is the solution?

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Herbert: "Let states and Governors deal with it."

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