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States assert place in healthcare debate

Washington Post, June 25, 2009

A bipartisan group of governors told President Obama that they share his desire to restructure the nation's healthcare system but warned that any changes should not place more burdens on strained state budgets or eliminate innovative programs they already have in place. With many state budgets burdened by ballooning Medicare and Medicaid costs, the five governors who met with Obama at the White House voiced concern about how to achieve reform.