Hick­en­looper. Gov­er­nors press against re­peal without re­place­ment.

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Jesse Paul

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.

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