One week after Obamacare was ruled unConstitutional by a Federal judge in Florida, a total of 21 Republican governors have signed a letter to the United States government detailing how the healthcare overhaul might cripple their States' budgets.
According to media reports, the leaders sent the letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. They proposed six changes to the law, including provisions that would give States more flexibility in crafting insurance exchanges and waivers that would relieve States of the bill's "costly mandates."
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, who is a rumored GOP candidate for the 2012 Presidential elections, was one of the officials who supported the letter. In an op-ed piece for The Wall Street Journal on Feb. 7, Daniels called Obamacare a "massive mistake" and claimed that it would cost Indiana taxpayers up to $3 billion over a decade.
Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson of Florida declared the entire healthcare act unConstitutional. The Obama administration condemned the ruling, and said that it will continue to implement the law without interruption.
"Congress defied the will of American voters in passing the [Patient Protection and Affordable Care] Act," said Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, "and now the Administration will defy the Court, spending billions of dollars on implementing the Act while the courts proceed."