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Governors fear added costs in healthcare overhaul

New York Times, August 7, 2009

Governors from both parties fear the implications of the healthcare overhaul now being devised, saying Congress will give the states expensive new Medicaid obligations without providing enough new money to pay for them. The states' fears were stoked further when House lawmakers drafting health legislation reached a cost compromise with conservative Blue Dog Democrats that would force states to take on a greater Medicaid spending burden than an earlier version of the bill.