GOP Governors Balk at Healthcare Reform

In the wake of Romney’s loss, state leaders cite concerns over law’s costs, regulatory burdens.

Republican governors are balking at adopting key provisions of President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, a week after Mitt Romney’s defeat dashed their hopes of scuttling the two-year-old law.

The state leaders, at a meeting of the Republican Governors Association in Las Vegas, said they’re concerned over costs and regulatory burdens the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act may impose. Republicans unsuccessfully challenged the law in court and many delayed implementing it, hoping Romney -- who called for the law’s repeal -- would win the Nov. 6 presidential election.

Court Ruling

The president’s health-care law has long drawn resistance from Republicans, who view it as a costly expansion of the federal government and sued to overturn it. The Supreme Court in July upheld the law. In the election, Obama won in states including Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin, whose Republican governors had opposed the law.

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