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Governors ask Senate leaders to stop Trumpcare rush

People protest Trump administration policies that threaten the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid, near the Wilshire Federal Building on January 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  / AFP / DAVID MCNEW        (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)

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Might this be enough to embolden the bunch of mealymouthed “concerned” Republicans who won’t stand up to Mitch McConnell on Trumpcare? Their governors—Republican and Democratic alike—are pleading with them not to destroy their home states.

“While we certainly agree that reforms need to be made to our nation’s health care system, as Governors from both sides of the political aisle, we feel that true and lasting reforms are best approached by finding common ground in a bipartisan fashion,” the governors wrote in a letter to Senate leaders of both parties.
 

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D), Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D), Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R), Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) signed the letter.

Kasich and Sandoval are particularly notable for their warning against the current Senate GOP approach, given that senators from their states, Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.), are key votes on the bill. […]

The governors are particularly concerned about the bill’s Medicaid provisions. All of governors who signed the letter are from states that expanded Medicaid under ObamaCare, but the Republican bill in both chambers is set to end the federal funding for that expansion.

These waffling Republican senators are getting all the cover they need from their fellow senators and now from their governors to derail McConnell’s Trumpcare train. There’s no excuse for them at this point to not understand the devastation the bill could bring to their constituents—their governors are telling them, point blank.


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