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Bipartisan group of governors calls on GOP to reject skinny repeal

Bipartisan group of governors calls on GOP to reject skinny repeal
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A bipartisan group of 10 governors is urging Senate Republicans to reject a scaled-down repeal of ObamaCare.

In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFeinstein to step down as top Democrat on Judiciary Committee Voters want a strong economy and leadership, Democrats should listen On The Money: Biden to nominate Yellen for Treasury secretary | 'COVID cliff' looms | Democrats face pressure to back smaller stimulus MORE (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration Voters say Biden should make coronavirus vaccine a priority: poll New York City subway service could be slashed 40 percent, officials warn MORE (D-N.Y.), the governors write that the “skinny” repeal is “expected to accelerate health plans leaving the individual market, increase premiums, and result in fewer Americans having access to coverage.”

“Instead, we ask senators to work with governors on solutions to problems we can all agree on: fixing our unstable insurance markets,” the governors wrote.

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“Improvements should be based on a set of guiding principles, which include controlling costs and stabilizing the market, that will positively impact the coverage and care of millions of Americans, including many who are dealing with mental illness, chronic health problems, and drug addiction.”

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GOP governors who signed on to include John Kasich (Ohio), Phil Scott (Vt.), Larry Hogan (Md.), Charles Baker (Mass.) and Brian Sandoval (Nev.).

The governors also called for both Democrats and Republicans to work together on bipartisan improvements to the healthcare system, a theme that has appeared in past letters.

On Tuesday, Senate Republicans voted on a motion to begin debating ObamaCare repeal. The newest plan emerging is to pass a skinny repeal of ObamaCare, which hasn’t been hammered out but could likely gut at least the individual and employer mandates and medical device tax.

This would allow the Senate and the House to convene a conference on the bill, and then the product would be sent back to a vote in both chambers.