Many Republicans say the approach simply reflects the need to tackle problems that are most relevant to their states.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin noted that most of the 30 GOP governors have decided against expanding Medicaid and rejected calls by the Obama administration to create their own state exchanges under the health law.
‘‘It’s not moderation and nothing has changed,’’ said Nick Ayers, the former executive director of the Republican Governors Association. ‘‘There’s still uniformity in opposition to (Obama's) domestic policy agenda, particularly on health care. What’s changed is now they’re actually stuck with dealing with making the best decision based on a bad set of options.’’
Democrats contend it will be more difficult for Republicans to adhere to conservative GOP orthodoxy prevalent in Congress and win re-election next year.
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, who leads the Democratic Governors Association, said Scott’s decision ‘‘was less about an ideological transformation on Rick Scott’s part than it was a 30 percent approval rating that will certainly get your attention as a governor.’’
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