As the National Governors Association conference kicks off Friday, the nation's Democratic governors are attacking what they say are lies being told by three current Republican governors -- and Sarah Palin -- regarding the Affordable Care Act.
The Democratic Governors Association released a web video Friday morning featuring the four GOP leaders discussing health care with DGA captions from political fact checking organizations. The NGA is expected to take up health care reform at the state level during a committee meeting Saturday morning in Williamsburg, Va.
The video includes a recent appearance by Palin on Fox News discussing the Supreme Court's ruling , with the former Alaska governor elaborating on what she believes are "death panels" empowered by the law. The DGA includes a caption from PolitiFact calling "death panels" the "Lie of the Year" in 2009 and notes that Palin's clip was recent.
The ad kicks off with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, in a television clip saying the Medicaid portion of the ACA could give his state a $2.2 billion unfunded mandate, which the DGA cites from PoltiFact as untrue. Clips are also included of Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Florida Gov. Rick Scott attacking ACA.
The three Republican governors have indicated that they are looking into not participating in the Medicaid expansion portion of the ACA. The Supreme Court made the expansion more voluntary for states in their June ruling.