updated: 2/7/2011 12:56:47 PM

Daniels Details Opposition to Federal Health Law

InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report

Governor Mitch Daniels calls the federal health care law a "massive mistake" that could cost taxpayers in Indiana as much as $3 billion over the next decade. He has detailed his opposition to the law in an op-ed piece for today's Wall Street Journal. Daniels is one of 21 Republican Governors who has written Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to outline proposed changes to the law, if it is not repealed by the courts.

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Daniels says states should be given concessions including determining which insurers can participate, and options to waive a mandate requiring individuals to purchase expensive benefits.

The governor also calls for states to be reimbursed for the administrative costs of implementing health reform.

He adds all claims made for health reform "were false" and says the law will add trillions of the federal deficit.

Daniels describes the law as a "de factor government takeover of health care faster than most people realize."

You can view Daniels' op-ed here.

You can view the Governor's letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius here.

Source: Wall Street Journal, Office of the Indiana Governor

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