Hickenlooper. Governors press against repeal without replacement.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, joined Republican counterparts, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, in urging the U.S. Senate not to repeal Obamacare without a replacement.
“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,” Hickenlooper and 10 other governors said Tuesday in a written statement. “The Senate should immediately reject efforts to ‘repeal’ the current system and replace sometime later.”
The group said such an approach could leave millions of Americans without health care coverage and that “the best next step is for both parties to come together and do what we can all agree on: fix our unstable insurance markets.”
The Democrats who signed on to the statement included Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. The Republicans include Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, also signed on.
“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 group wrote.
Hickenlooper has repeatedly spoken out against GOP efforts to gut President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, joining Kasich on CNN last month to call for bipartisan solutions to health care.