Deal airs health care, budget concerns with Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Nathan Deal says he and his fellow
governors-elect had an amicable exchange with President Barack
Obama about state concerns over health care reform, budgets and
other matters.

Deal, a former Georgia congressman, was among more than 20 newly elected state executives who met with Obama and Cabinet officials Thursday. He said his top issue at the meetings was the impact of the health care law on Georgia and its businesses.

He acknowledged that major legislative changes to the law are
unlikely in the foreseeable future.

Deal, who sharply criticized Obama during his campaign, said it
wasn't mentioned that some of the states represented at the
meeting, including Georgia, have filed lawsuits challenging the

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