When the U.S. Supreme Court’s health care ruling came down last week, Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna tacked away from the obstructionist response of many in his party.
McKenna said he’s ready to implement the law’s health insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion if elected governor. He opposes congressional efforts to repeal the law, and even said its central individual insurance mandate should stand “for now.”
Next week, McKenna will share a stage with a prominent Republican who has staked out a decidedly different view.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he won’t implement “Obamacare” in his state – refusing to prepare the insurance exchanges and instead hoping Mitt Romney will be elected and repeal the law.
From The Note (ABC News):
“It really raises the question of what’s next, what’s allowable,” Jindal said on a Republican National Committee Conference call. “Taxes on people who refuse to eat tofu or refuse to drive a Chevy Volt…this whole ruling, I think is ridiculous. It’s a huge expansion of federal power.”
Jindal will headline a McKenna fundraiser in Spokane on July 11. The event was confirmed by McKenna spokesman Charles McCray, who said Jindal will talk about education reform. No further details were immediately available.
McCray downplayed any tension between Jindal’s health-care messaging and McKenna’s own views.
“How you respond to health-care reform is one of a plethora of public policy issues that are relevant to a governor,” McCray said.