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McDonnell, Republican governors urge Obama to include them in health-care meeting

Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell and other leaders of the Republican Governors Assocation called on President Obama to include the nation's governors in the health-care summit he has scheduled for Thursday in Washington.

"Governors are major stakeholders in federal health-care reform and should be at the table as it is being discussed," McDonnell said. "We know the importance of reforming the current health-care system and are ready to offer our ideas."

McDonnell was elected to RGA's seven- member executive committee in December, just weeks after his overwhelming win against Democrat Creigh Deeds in the Virginia governor's race. The RGA is meeting in Washington this weekend.

Last week, Obama invited Republicans in Congress to participate in a bipartisan, half-day televised summit on health care on Feb. 25.

This week, the RGA wrote a letter to the president encouraging the participation of the nation's governors. It has not received a response from the White House.

Last night, House Republican Leader John A. Boehner (Ohio) issued a statement backing the Republican governors' call.

"If the White House intends to have an open and honest discussion of health-care reform, the governors' voices deserve to be heard," he said in a statement.

This month, the Virginia House and Senate passed bills that would make it illegal to require individuals to purchase health insurance, a direct challenge to the party's efforts in Washington to reform health care. McDonnell is expected to sign the bills.

By Anita Kumar  |  February 20, 2010; 12:29 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Don't support the anti-tax governor who found money for rest stops while cutting billions from public education. Do not trust this Republican! He promised school improvement and what has he done- cut it by billions. Money is not the solution to our education problems but lack of funding will sink an already struggling system. I for one do not want a third world educational system- we will get what we pay for. I reiterate: What kind of leadership believes bathrooms are more important than children? I call for reform within the Republican Party, one that supports cooperation and one that supports education. Beware of McDonnell.

Posted by: foranewGOP | February 21, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

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