Governor Gibbons of Nevada attacks Harry Reid accusing him of stabbing Nevadans in the back. Governor Swartznagger of California wrote a letter to Pelosi stating that he can't afford the unfunded mandates for medicaid in his state. In the senate version of the health care reform bill it is estimated that 30 million have no health insurance. It is estimated that 15 million of these uninsured will be dumped into the medicaid program. Medicaid is second class healthcare and our individual states pick up the cost of medicaid. Considering that 15 million will be added to the already stretched bankrupt budgets of all of our states many governors are speaking out strongly against this bill. http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/dec/21/jim-gibbons-attacks-harry-reid-health-care-bill/ Jim Gibbons attacks Harry Reid on health care bill Nevada Republican governor accuses Reid of ‘cooking the books’ By David McGrath Schwartz (contact) Monday, Dec. 21, 2009 | 6:03 p.m. Gov. Jim Gibbons CARSON CITY — Gov. Jim Gibbons attacked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s health care bill today, saying that it will bankrupt Nevada state government and accusing the Nevada Democrat of putting “his national political ambitions ahead of Nevada, this time on Christmas Eve.” In a strongly worded press release, Gibbons took aim at the bill being shepherded by Reid, which cleared a key hurdle to passage this weekend. “Senator Reid is wishing Nevadans a Merry Christmas with a smile on his face and a knife in our backs,” Gibbons said in the press release. He called it “irresponsible legislation,” “shameful,” and accused Reid of “cooking the books.” And the letter from Governor Swartznegger to Pelosi. http://gov.ca.gov/press-release/14080/ When asked for my support, I was assured that federal legislation would not increase costs to California or include new unfunded mandates. Unfortunately, under nearly every scenario we can predict, the federal health care reform legislation being debated would cost California’s General Fund an additional $3 billion to $4 billion annually. This crushing new burden will be added to a safety net that is already shredding under billions of dollars in unfunded federal mandates that we are struggling to meet. Medicaid is a partnership program between the federal government and the states. As the partner responsible for implementing this program, I am telling you that our Medicaid program is already at the breaking point, and if federal health care reform is passed without addressing the underlying faults in the system, health care reform will fail.