Healthcare

New Mexico Gov: GOP health care bill 'still needs some work'

New Mexico's Republican governor is not yet persuaded to support the latest GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare.

"While it's encouraging that Congress is working on a healthcare solution, the governor is concerned this bill could hurt New Mexico and still needs some work," a spokesman for Gov. Susana Martinez told The Albuquerque Journal.

The comments come as Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) push legislation that would repeal much of ObamaCare by converting funds into block grants for states.

Joseph Cueto, Martinez's spokesman, added that the governor thinks a health-care push should be bipartisan.

"She believes we need a bipartisan approach that focuses on the insurance market to make health care affordable," he said.

The legislation has yet to garner the 50 Republican votes needed for a tiebreaker by Vice President Pence, while Senate Democrats have blasted the bill and argued it will hurt Americans.

New Mexico's senators, who are both Democrats, have slammed the bill. Sen. Tom Udall called the bill "mean-spirited," while Sen. Martin Heinrich said it is a "disaster."

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