Gov. Walker joins 9 others in opposing healthcare repeal
Gov. Bill Walker joined arms with nine other governors Tuesday to oppose the latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in Washington.
Republican senators: Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, authored the latest proposal -- expected for a vote by the end of the month.
According to CBS News, some of the key provisions in the 146-page proposal include:
- Block grants to states that cap funding for programs like Medicaid
- More flexibility for states to set their own healthcare requirements
- Removes mandate that requires Americans to buy health insurance coverage and employers to provide it
In a joint letter to Senate Majority and Minority leaders Tuesday, Walker asked them: "not to consider the Graham-Cassidy amendment and renew support for bipartisan efforts to make health care more available and affordable for all Americans."
In a press release Tuesday afternoon, Walker said:
“Alaskans pay more for health care than do most Americans. Before any changes to existing law are made, Alaska must have a clear understanding of how the proposed changes impact Alaskans. Right now, more than 36,000 Alaskans have access to affordable health care thanks to Medicaid expansion. And, due to my team’s out-of-the-box thinking and the legislature’s concurrence, some Alaskans’ health insurance premiums are expected to drop 20 percent. That coverage must be protected—which is why I joined a bipartisan group of governors in a continued push for Congress to follow a thorough process. Health care should not be a partisan issue. Building a Stronger Alaska begins with healthy Alaskans.”
Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan haven’t stated publicly how they would vote on the measure. KTVA reached out to their offices Tuesday, but was told Murkowski was unavailable. The station did not receive a response from Sullivan.