President Obama to America's Governors: "The Flexibility That You Need to Find Your Own Innovative Ways Forward"

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This morning the President & Vice President addressed America's Governors, following the First Lady and Dr. Biden.  They touched on topics ranging from rebuilding America's infrastructure to the changes in the health care law that the President endorsed, which would move the date up to 2014 when states could establish their own alternate systems outside the Affordable Care Act provided they can achieve the same results.  The President laid out his fundamental approach this way:

You see, part of the genius of our Founders was the establishment of a federal system in which each of our states serves as a laboratory for our democracy.  Through this process, some of the best state ideas became some of America’s best ideas.  So whether it’s through Race to the Top, or improving the Affordable Care Act, or reforming the way that we approach social programs by ensuring that spending is tied to success, our approach has been to give you the flexibility that you need to find your own innovative ways forward.

Vice President Biden at NGA Meeting

Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks to governors attending the National Governors Association’s meeting in the State Dining Room of the White House, February 28, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Obama with Governors at NGA Meeting

President Barack Obama addresses a bipartisan group of governors in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, February 28, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama Speaks to Governors

President Barack Obama addresses a bipartisan group of governors in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, February 28, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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