Some of the nation's governors went to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to tell the U.S. House of Representatives what they think of President Barack Obama's health care law.
A House committee received an earful from Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, (R), who's also a possible presidential contender.
"If that's what Massachusetts wants, we're happy for them," Barbour said. "We don't want that. That's not good for us. We don't want that. We don't want community rating. We don't want extremely high mandatory standard benefits packages."
"So, the point I'm trying to make is different states have different problems. We have different ideas," he told the committee. "And while you may not believe it, some politicians obviously act like you all love our constituents more than we do. Believe it or not, we love our constituents as much as you all do, and we want to do right for them, but we want to do what we can afford and can sustain."
The panel also heard from Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass. The Democrat praised the new law, which is similar to what his state offers its citizens.
The Bay State's heath care law was passed by another possible 2012 contender, former Gov. Mitt Romney, (R).
"If your state can create a plan that covers as many people as affordably and comprehensively as the Affordable Care Act does - without increasing the deficit - you can implement that plan," Obama told the governors. "And we'll work with you to do it."
Under the current federal health care law, the states are charged to carry out many of the reforms, including creating exchanges where individuals can buy health insurance.