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Michelle Obama dazzles as her husband hosts the annual Governors Dinner





Michelle Obama dazzles as her husband hosts the annual Governors Dinner
President Barack Obama told jokes about the race for his job and Arnold Schwarzenegger as he hosted the annual Governor's dinner in Washington D.C. 

He made a speech as First Lady Michelle, who dazzled in sparkling dress and set of necklaces, sat beside him. 

'Within this room, we're not going to agree on everything. But I am committed to working with each and every one of you over the next two years to keep making progress,' he said. 'And we'll talk more about that tomorrow.' 

Glamorous First Lady Michelle Obama dazzled as she sat beside her husband during the annual White House Governor's dinner

Glamorous First Lady Michelle Obama dazzled as she sat beside her husband during the annual White House Governor's dinner

Support: She watched as her husband made a speech, telling the nation's governors he was prepared to work with them for the last two years of his term 

Support: She watched as her husband made a speech, telling the nation's governors he was prepared to work with them for the last two years of his term 

Raising a glass: President Barack Obama makes a toast during the evening. He promised the politicians a good time, but apologized that he would not conjure up Governor Schwarzenegger

Raising a glass: President Barack Obama makes a toast during the evening. He promised the politicians a good time, but apologized that he would not conjure up Governor Schwarzenegger

On a lighter note, he made reference to the former of Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, and his appearance at a previous event during his remarks. 

He said: 'We promise a good time. The only thing we can't conjure up from the past is Governor Schwarzenegger on the dance floor. It was something.

Among the attendees were politician' who will be vying for Obama's job in 2016, including Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

The Republican took the opportunity to capture a selfie with his son Alex in the corridors of the White House before they sat down to eat. 

Walker caused a stir on Saturday when he said he didn't know whether the president loves America. He was responding to a question about similar comments earlier in the week by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Son selfie: Governor and potential presidential candidate Scott Walker posed for a picture alongside his son Alex before the dinner in the White House 

Son selfie: Governor and potential presidential candidate Scott Walker posed for a picture alongside his son Alex before the dinner in the White House 

During the winter meeting, governors warned that millions could lose ose health insurance subsidies in the coming months if the Supreme Court sides with opponents of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul

During the winter meeting, governors warned that millions could lose ose health insurance subsidies in the coming months if the Supreme Court sides with opponents of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul

He shook hands with National Governors Association Chairman, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, after he made his remarks

He shook hands with National Governors Association Chairman, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, after he made his remarks

The former mayor claimed at event attended by Walker that Obama doesn't love America — a comment that has drawn criticism from Democrats and put some GOP presidential hopefuls on the spot.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, the NGA's chair, also spoke and called the dinner 'a wonderful and rare opportunity for us to come together and genuinely share each other's company.'

He also praised Obama for visiting his state during several recent tragedies, and specifically commended his compassion. 'I can personally say with the deepest respect and appreciation, thank you for the love — thank you for your love for the people of Colorado and of all our states.'

Obama made brief reference to the presidential jockeying by several governors at the beginning of his remarks.

'Harry Truman once called the presidency an 'enlarged governorship',' he said to laughs. 'Of course, a few of you are hoping that he was right.'

Obama also made a brief reference to presidential jockeying ob several gorvernors. He said: 'Harry Truman once called the presidency an

Obama also made a brief reference to presidential jockeying ob several gorvernors. He said: 'Harry Truman once called the presidency an 'enlarged governorship'. Of course, a few of you are hoping that he was right'

Hickenlooper, the NGA's chair, also spoke and called the dinner 'a wonderful and rare opportunity for us to come together and genuinely share each other's company.' 

Hickenlooper, the NGA's chair, also spoke and called the dinner 'a wonderful and rare opportunity for us to come together and genuinely share each other's company.' 

During the winter meeting, some of the politicians warned that millions of people could lose health insurance subsidies in the coming months if the Supreme Court sides with Obama's health care overhaul.

And one thing was clear this weekend as the nation's governors gathered in Washington: Many of the states that could be affected are not prepared for the potential fallout.

In rounds of interviews at the National Governors Association's winter meeting, several governors indicated they could do little about the estimated 8 million people who could drop coverage if they were to lose health insurance subsidies later this year — a scenario that legal experts suggest is a real possibility. While preliminary state-level discussions have begun in some cases, many governors charged that Congress should bear the burden of fixing any problems.

 We promise a good time. The only thing we can't conjure up from the past is Governor Schwarzenegger on the dance floor. It was something
President Obama during his Governor's Dinner Speech  

Governor Walker said: 'That responsibility doesn't fall in the hands of the states or the governors, it falls in the hands of the leaders right here in Washington.'

Indeed, while the Supreme Court deemed the health care overhaul constitutional more than two years ago, the Affordable Care Act still sits on shifting political sands.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments March 4 on whether the health care law allows the federal government to pay subsidies in states that declined to set up their own insurance markets, or exchanges. For many Americans, the subsidies make the insurance affordable. More than 30 states — largely those led by Republicans — declined to set up state-based systems and have exchanges run by the federal government instead.

'We declined to operate a state exchange along with a majority of other states,' said Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican who is also weighing a 2016 White House run and supports the repeal of the health care law. 'Right now we're just evaluating what our options are depending on what the Supreme Court decides.'

Coverage losses would be concentrated largely in Republican-led states across the South and Midwest that have resisted the law, among them Florida, Maine, North Carolina, Michigan, Texas, Virginia and New Jersey.

Residents of states that are running their own markets, including California and New York, would continue to receive benefits.

 
He made his remarks during a painting of one of his predecessors, Abraham Lincoln  

He made his remarks during a painting of one of his predecessors, Abraham Lincoln  

While few governors offered specific remedies this weekend, some governors in unaffected states signaled a willingness to allow neighboring states to join their exchanges, although the governors interviewed were unclear if such partnerships were permitted under the new law.

'I'm very interested in the concept. If we can work together with Utah and the other neighboring states that could work out well,' said Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican whose state has its own exchange and won't be affected.

Most of his colleagues aren't as confident.

'Nobody is quite sure what's going to happen,' said Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, who said leaders in his state believe they have until June 30 to put together contingency plans for an estimated 270,000 Virginians who may lose subsidies.

 Harry Truman once called the presidency an 'enlarged governorship',' he said to laughs. 'Of course, a few of you are hoping that he was right
President Obama  

'We're having conversations,' said New Hampshire's Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, whose state is among nine that have a hybrid state-federal partnership. She said around 30,000 New Hampshire residents currently receive health care subsidies, while another 34,000 on Medicaid, set to be moved into the exchange next year, could also be affected. 'It's a significant issue,' she said.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, predicted the chances of the Supreme Court striking down the subsidies are 'maybe 50-50.'

'My expectation is that they'll give us some time to adjust,' Herbert said, noting that he's already spoken to House Speaker John Boehner about his concerns.

The ruling is expected in late June.

If the court agrees with the law's opponents, the federal government and states would have little time for federal government and states to address the loss of subsidies. The health law's 2016 sign-up season would be only months away. And most state legislatures are not in session during the summer.

Technically, a few tweaks from Congress would fix the problem. But after years of voting to repeal the health care law, Republicans are unlikely to come to its rescue.

'We're afraid there'll be another Washington standoff, and the hot potato comes back into our lap,' said Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, who said as many as 250,000 Tennessee residents could lose subsidies. 'You have governors of all types watching with a lot of interest.' 

 

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