National Governors Association

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One of the governors attending that meeting in Virginia is Steve Beshear, the Democratic governor of Kentucky. And he joins me on the line. Governor, thank you for taking time out of the meeting to catch up with us.

GOVERNOR STEVE BESHEAR: You're welcome, David.

As governors from around the country meet this weekend in Williamsburg, Va., health care is near the top of their agenda. Specifically, what to do about the federal health law, now that the Supreme Court has given states new options.

The nation's governors — well, many of them, anyway — are gathering in Colonial Williamsburg, Va., for their annual summer meeting this weekend.

It's no easy trick for the National Governors Association to get Republican and Democratic chief executives on the same page, or even the same room.

This year, in the wake of the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act, it's even harder.

Gov. Bobby Jindal isn't joining the nation's governors at a meeting this weekend in Virginia and is instead scheduled to speak at the Nebraska Republican convention.

Jindal spokesman Kyle Plotkin said Friday that the Republican governor won't attend the National Governors Association annual meeting, which is focused on job creation and economic development.

Plotkin didn't answer a question about why Jindal decided against attending the meeting.

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