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Governors Discuss Health Care With President

June 25, 2009, 5:51 PM by Jon Wilson

Governors Discuss Health Care With President
South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds is back in Pierre after attending a health care conference at the White House this week.

Governor Rounds joined a group of governors that met with President Obama to discuss their views on revamping the nation's health care system.

When it comes to diagnosing and treating the nation's health care system, the bipartisan group of governors agrees that the federal government should play a minor role in that care.

"Most certainly, there was a consistency among governors in expressing our concerns about any plan that would increase the obligation of the states to pick up more of a Medicaid cost," Rounds said.

The governors also agree that one plan won't work for every state. Governor Rounds used South Dakota as a model for successful health care system.

"We have 92 percent of our people with a plan or taking care of their health care needs. Some are on Medicaid, some on Medicare. Many are in the private health insurance delivery system, some are on our public health care delivery system, including our uninsured pool," Rounds said.

Good for the consumer and the state economy.

"When we started in 2003, we had three competing individual health companies. Today, we have 18 companies that are actually participating and competing for individual business," Rounds said.

Governor Rounds feels those companies have the most to lose if a new, universal health care plan passes on Capitol Hill.

"If there is any thought or concern about the rationing of health care of a national board or organization that would dictate who gets what procedures and what age, then I think you lose the support of not only South Dakota, but across the country very quickly," Rounds said.

Not to mention, Senate and House Republicans on Capitol Hill.

President Obama has set an October deadline to pass health care legislation through Congress.

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