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

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 GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP opens door to holding Kavanaugh committee vote this week Press: Judge Kavanaugh must withdraw Kavanaugh: 'I will not be intimidated into withdrawing' MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyOvernight Health Care: GOP plays defense over pre-existing conditions | Groups furious over new Trump immigration proposal | Public health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Overnight Health Care: Opioids package nears finish line | Measure to help drug companies draws ire | Maryland ObamaCare rates to drop Overnight Health Care: HHS diverts funds to pay for detaining migrant children | Health officials defend transfers | Lawmakers consider easing drug company costs in opioids deal MORE (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 UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallSenate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh Trump administration weakens methane pollution standards for drilling on public lands Senate Dems want DOJ review of Giuliani's work for foreign entities MORE called the bill “mean-spirited,” while Sen. Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichA Senator Gary Johnson could be good not just for Libertarians, but for the Senate too Election Countdown: What to watch in final primaries | Dems launch M ad buy for Senate races | Senate seats most likely to flip | Trump slump worries GOP | Koch network's new super PAC Rand Paul endorses Gary Johnson's Senate bid MORE said it is a “disaster.”