Bipartisan group of Governors to Senate: Work with us on bipartisan reforms

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

On July 26, Gov. John Bel Edwards (D-La.) joined Governors John R. Kasich (R-Ohio), Steve Bullock (D-Mont.), Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.), Phil Scott (R-Vt.), John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), Charles Baker (R-Mass.), Tom Wolf (D-Pa.), Larry Hogan (R-Md.), and Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.) in sending a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer imploring them to work with governors of every party to develop solutions that will make health care coverage more available and affordable for all Americans.

Here is an excerpt from the letter:

“We agree with Senator John McCain that the Senate should “return to regular order,” working across the aisle to “provide workable solutions to problems Americans are struggling with today. Congress should be working to make health insurance more affordable while stabilizing the health insurance market, but this bill and similar proposals won’t accomplish these goals. The bill still threatens coverage for millions of hardworking, middle class Americans. The bill's Medicaid provisions shift costs to states and fail to provide the necessary resources to ensure that no one is left out, including the working poor or those suffering from mental illness or addiction. The Senate should also reject efforts to amend the bill into a "skinny repeal," which is expected to accelerate health plans leaving the individual market, increase premiums, and result in fewer Americans having access to coverage.

“The next best step is for senators and governors of both parties to come together to work to improve our health care system. We stand ready to work with lawmakers in an open, bipartisan way to provide better insurance for all Americans.”

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