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 McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions What if 2020 election is disputed? Immigration bills move forward amid political upheaval MORE (R-Ky.) that flexible block grants to the states are the best option to replace ObamaCare.


“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 CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyBipartisan senators reveal sweeping health care package Senate passes bill to undo tax increase on Gold Star military families Overnight Health Care — Presented by Campaign for Accountability — House passes drug pricing bills amid ObamaCare row | Senate Republicans running away from Alabama abortion law | Ocasio-Cortez confronts CEO over K drug price tag MORE (R-La.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump declassification move unnerves Democrats Climate change is a GOP issue, too New Yorker cover titled 'The Shining' shows Graham, McConnell, Barr polishing Trump's shoes 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 HellerThis week: Barr back in hot seat over Mueller report Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary MORE, and Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Barr throws curveball into Senate GOP 'spying' probe Bipartisan group of senators introduce legislation designed to strengthen cybersecurity of voting systems MORE to draft language that embraces this simple, yet profound concept,” the governors wrote.