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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Governors and Health Care Reform

Today, a bipartisan group of governors issued this statement in the wake of Trumpcare's collapse:
Congress should work to make health insurance more affordable by controlling costs and stabilizing the market, and we are pleased to see a growing number of senators stand up for this approach. The Senate should immediately reject efforts to ‘repeal’ the current system and replace sometime later. This could leave millions of Americans without coverage. The best next step is for both parties to come together and do what we can all agree on: fix our unstable insurance markets. Going forward, it is critically important that governors are brought to the table to provide input, and we stand ready to work with lawmakers in an open, bipartisan way to provide better insurance for all Americans.
The list of the eleven governors who joined this statement is below.
  • Bill Walker, Governor of Alaska
  • John W. Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado
  • John Bel Edwards. Governor of Louisiana
  • Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland
  • Charles D. Baker, Governor of Massachusetts
  • Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana
  • Brian Sandoval, Governor of Nevada
  • John R. Kasich, Governor of Ohio
  • Tom Wolf, Governor of Pennsylvania
  • Phil Scott, Governor of Vermont
  • Terry McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia
The best next step is for members of both parties to ignore the fear of criticism that can come from reaching across the aisle and put pencil to pad on these and other ideas that repair health care in real, sustainable ways. America needs it, and I know that a bipartisan group of governors, including myself, stands ready to help in any way we can to provide an affordable, sustainable and responsible system of health care for the American people.