Bipartisan group of governors denounces Trump move on pre-existing conditions

Bipartisan group of governors denounces Trump move on pre-existing conditions
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A bipartisan group of governors on Monday called on the Trump administration to reverse its decision to argue in court that ObamaCare’s pre-existing condition protections should be overturned.

“The administration’s disappointing decision to no longer defend this provision of federal law threatens health care coverage for many in our states with pre-existing conditions and adds uncertainty and higher costs for Americans who purchase their own health insurance,” the governors said.

The statement was signed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I), Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D), Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R), Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D), Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D).

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Several of the governors are seen as potential presidential candidates, including Kasich, a Republican who has been critical of Trump.

Kasich and Hickenlooper have teamed up on bipartisan health care proposals in recent months.

Congressional Democrats have been attacking Republicans for the Trump administration’s filing in court earlier this month calling for ObamaCare’s pre-existing condition protections to be overturned, seeking to leverage the issue for the midterm elections.

“We’re asking the Administration to reverse their decision and instead work with Congress and Governors on bipartisan solutions to protect coverage and lower health care costs for all Americans, all while protecting those with preexisting conditions,” the governors said.