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Governors to Senate Republicans: Stop this ObamaCare Repeal Madness

Governors urge Senators on Obamacare

A bipartisan group of governors Tuesday called on Senate Republicans to stop the current efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare and instead, focus on ways to make the current law better for all Americans.



In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the governors said the bill by Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy (La.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) should be scrapped.

“As you continue to consider changes to the American health care system, we ask you not to consider the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment and renew support for bipartisan efforts to make health care more available and affordable for all Americans. Only open, bipartisan approaches can achieve true, lasting reforms,” the governors wrote.

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Five Democrats (Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards), four Republicans (Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Vermont Gov. Phil Scott), and one independent (Alaska Gov. Bill Walker) signed the letter opposing the efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare.



They argued that the bipartisan effort in the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee led by chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray, should be given a chance to succeed.

“Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray have held bipartisan hearings in the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and have negotiated in
good faith to stabilize the individual market,” the letter said.

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“At the committee’s recent hearing with Governors, there was broad bipartisan agreement about many of the initial steps that need to be taken to make individual health insurance more stable and affordable. We are hopeful that the HELP committee, through an open process, can develop bipartisan legislation and we believe their efforts deserve support.”

“Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray have held bipartisan hearings in the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and have negotiated in good faith to stabilize the individual market.”

They urged the Senators to support the bipartisan effort to bring stability and affordability to the ObamaCare and the insurance market.

“We ask you to support bipartisan efforts to bring stability and affordability to our insurance markets. Legislation should receive consideration under regular order, including hearings in
health committees and input from the appropriate health-related parties. Improvements to our health insurance markets should control costs, stabilize the market, and positively impact coverage and care of millions of Americans, including many who are dealing with mental illness, chronic health problems, and drug addiction.”

Read the letter here.

Gov. Kasich tweeted that Republican Senators need to focus on fixing what is broken, stabilizing the insurance market and strengthening ObamaCare.






On Tuesday Sen. Alexander Lamar of Tennessee released a letter saying the bipartisan effort in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee is dead amid the new Graham-Cassidy push in the Senate.

“During the last month, we have worked hard and in good faith, but have not found the necessary consensus among Republicans and Democrats to put a bill in the Senate leaders’ hands that could be enacted,” Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Health Committee, said in a statement.

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The announcement comes after House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the White House shot down all efforts at bipartisanship declaring that they are not interested in working with Democrats to pass any healthcare bill fearing that would mean making ObamaCare better.




Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) later released a statement saying she was disappointed that the GOP has decided they were not interested in finding a way to solve the healthcare issues in a bipartisan fashion.

“I am disappointed that Republican leaders have decided to freeze this bipartisan approach and are trying to jam through a partisan Trumpcare bill, but I am confident that we can reach a deal if we keep working together — and I am committed to getting that done,” Murray’s statement said.

Maryland’s Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, in a separate letter, said he was against the Graham-Cassidy senate bill because the cuts will “directly jeopardiz[e]” his citizens’ health care.

 

 

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