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 GrahamCheney unveils Turkey sanctions legislation Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs War of words at the White House MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyUN Security Council to meet after Turkey launches Syria offensive Trump faces growing GOP revolt on Syria To win the federal paid family leave debate, allow states to lead the way 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 UdallDemocratic senators condemn Trump for calling on China to investigate Bidens Green groups line up behind Markey ahead of looming Kennedy fight Overnight Energy: Lawmakers show irritation over withheld Interior documents | Republican offers bipartisan carbon tax bill | Scientists booted from EPA panel form new group MORE called the bill “mean-spirited,” while Sen. Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichSenate confirms Trump's Air Force secretary pick Commerce Department to develop stats on income inequality Senators take fundraising efforts to Nats playoff games MORE said it is a “disaster.”