Southern Govs ask about state costs under health reform

Mississippi’s Gov. Haley Barbour said he has cut his state’s budget twice, and Mississippi’s Legislature also made cuts. A projected $400 million more per year for his state to expand Medicare can’t be done, he said.
“If the states have to pay part of the cost of federal or national health care reform, our financial condition in virtually every state would mean a tax increase,” said Barbour, a Republican.