Blog | State Governors Set a Bipartisan Example on Health Care

By John Cary
June 28, 2017 | Blog

Looking at Congress, you’d think that it’s impossible to find a bipartisan agreement on health care.

Don’t tell that to America’s governors.

As the health care debate rages on Capitol Hill, governors from both parties have come together to find bipartisan consensus on health care reform.  Just yesterday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, held a joint press conference demanding that Congress work across the aisle to fix Obamacare’s struggling exchanges.

Other state executives have followed suit. On Monday, the chair and vice chair of the National Governors Association Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Massachusetts’s Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, sent a joint letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) asking him to postpone a vote on his health care bill until states have had adequate time to analyze the bill’s effects.

Governors know all too well how legislation passed by Congress can impact individual citizens. For example, many of these governors saw thousands of their citizens get health insurance after the passage of Obamacare. Since then they’ve also watched insurers pull out of exchanges and average deductibles and premiums in their states rise as a result.

But they also know that according to the Congressional Budget Office the House and Senate proposals could create health care hardships for working-class families, for the disabled and for victims of opioid addiction.

No one disputes that the American health care system needs fixing. But partisan proposals thus far have simply not worked. Members of Congress should follow the example of America’s governors and work together to craft workable bipartisan solutions. The health of millions of Americans depends on it.

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