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GOP governors back latest ObamaCare repeal bill

GOP governors back latest ObamaCare repeal bill
© Greg Nash

A group of 15 Republican governors is urging the Senate to pass the latest ObamaCare repeal legislation, saying the bill would give more power to the states.

Led by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, the governors said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate panel deadlocks in vote on sweeping elections bill Senate descends into hours-long fight over elections bill Republican governor of Arkansas says 'Trump is dividing our party' MORE (R-Ky.) that flexible block grants to the states are the best option to replace ObamaCare.

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“Adequately funded, flexible block grants to the states are the last, best hope to finally repeal and replace Obamacare — a program which is collapsing before our very eyes,” the governors wrote.

The legislation, sponsored by Sens. Bill CassidyBill CassidyUtah county GOP censures Romney over Trump impeachment vote Amazon blocks 10B listings in crackdown on counterfeits Cassidy on pipeline cyberattack: Congress must equip businesses with defenses against incursions MORE (R-La.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham warns about trying to 'drive' Trump from GOP: 'Half the people will leave' Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP Lindsey Graham: 'In this fight it is clear — Israel is the good guy and Hamas is the bad' MORE (R-S.C.), would end funding for ObamaCare’s subsidies to help people afford coverage and the money for Medicaid expansion, and convert those dollars into block grants to states.

Democrats and some health experts warn the block grants would be too small and would lead to cuts in Medicaid and other health spending.

The funding for the block grant would be based on a complicated formula meant to redistribute money from high-spending states that expanded Medicaid to low-spending states that rejected the expansion.

Notably, three of the governors who signed the letter — Matt Bevin, of Kentucky; Eric Holcomb, of Indiana; and Hutchinson — represent expansion states.

“We appreciate the work of Senators Lindsey Graham, Bill Cassidy, Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE, and Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonRand Paul clashes with Fauci over coronavirus origins Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as White House continues to push vaccination effort Overnight Health Care: WHO-backed Covax gets a boost from Moderna MORE to draft language that embraces this simple, yet profound concept,” the governors wrote.