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Pelosi, Governors' Remarks Before Meeting on Health Care
Date:6/24/2009

the states have the flexibility to do it their way. We've had a lot of experimentation in my state, for example, with a program called Catamount Health that has reduced our uninsured rate and reduced the cost of Medicaid at the same time. And it's also important, I believe, that states not have unfunded mandates.

I think another important suggestion I would offer to you and your colleagues is to approach it on a bipartisan basis, because this is such an important issue to the American people. We learned in Vermont with a Democratic majority in our legislature and a Republican governor, we were able to work together to find a solution that made a difference. And it's obvious that both Republicans and Democrats are facing these challenging cost increases, both Republicans and Democrats have chronic disease, it's important that Republicans and Democrats work together to find solutions for the American people.

So thank you for this time, for you making this a priority, and we look forward to working with the Congress to affect some meaningful reform for the American people.

Speaker Pelosi. Thank you very much, Governor, for you leadership and for being here today. Governor Gregoire.

Governor Gregoire. Well again, I too, would like to thank you for your leadership and allowing us to come and join you today. As Governor Douglas has indicated, we as governors come in a bipartisan way. We want comprehensive health care reform and we want it this year. We want universal care as much as possible as a goal for the people of America. We want quality health care and we want affordable health care.

So I come ready to do everything that I can to help you in your leadership role so that this country can move forward and provide that kind of health care for America.

Speaker Pelosi. Thank you very much, Governor. Governor Rounds.

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