Governors Haley Barbour (R-Mississippi) and Jim Douglas (R-Vermont) and Senator Mike Johanns (R-Nebraska) discuss the impact health care proposals in Congress would have on states. Barbour and Douglas, the chairmen of the Republican Governors Association and National Governors Association respectively, along with Johanns stated their opposition to key provisions in the proposed legislation that come as unfunded mandates on states.
Governors Haley Barbour (R-Mississippi) and Jim Douglas (R-Vermont) joined Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), Judd Gregg (R-New Hampshire), and Mike Johanns (R-Nebraska) (all former governors) to discuss the impact Democrats health care proposals would have on already-strained state budgets. Governors Barbour and Douglas emphasized the widespread opposition among governors to any unfunded mandates like those contained in Democrats health care bills.
[This video contains Spanish audio.] Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) talks about Afghanistan and health care reform in the weekly Republican address. On Afghanistan: "Republicans will support the deployment of additional troops if requested by our commanders as well as the resources our troops need to be successful as they attempt to deny safe haven to al Qaeda." On health care reform: "So instead of a top-down plan that will bust the budget, President Obama should work with Republicans on a bottom-up solution that the American people can support. "
At a press conference in the US Capitol, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Senators John Barrasso and Tom Coburn the Senates only two doctors discuss Republican plans for health care reform. Republicans are offering solutions to lower the cost of health care and give every American access to health insurance while ensuring that patients and their doctors, not Washington bureaucrats, are in charge of health care decisions.