A bipartisan group of governors joined together on Wednesday to denounce the “skinny” repeal plan currently being considered in the U.S. Senate.
In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the group of governors lambasted the Republican legislation, saying it would hurt “millions of hardworking Americans.”
The bipartisan group of Governors (including Sandoval and Kasich) who have raised opposition throughout GOP process oppose “skinny” repeal pic.twitter.com/fm4QomluI6
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) July 27, 2017
The group of governors wrote that the “skinny” repeal would “accelerate health plans leaving the individual market, increase premiums, and result in fewer Americans having access to coverage.”
“Instead, we ask senators to work with governors on solutions to problems we can all agree on: fixing our unstable insurance markets,” the letter continued.
The governors added: “Improvements should be based on a set of guiding principles, which include controlling costs and stabilizing the market, that will positively impact the coverage and care of millions of Americans, including many who are dealing with mental illness, chronic health problems, and drug addiction.”
Among the governors who signed the letter, five were Republicans: John Kasich (OH), Phil Scott (VT), Larry Hogan (MD), Charles Baker (MA) and Brian Sandoval (NV.
The bipartisan plea comes just hours after the Congressional Budget Office scored the “skinny” repeal legislation, which validate all of these concerns.
CBO just scored the “skinny repeal” bill. 16M Americans would lose insurance + 20% spike in premiums, per senior Dem aide
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) July 26, 2017
Outside of the White House and the halls of Congress, it’s clear that people of all political persuasions recognize how devastating this repeal plan would be to millions of Americans.
This is no longer an issue of left versus right – it’s about right versus wrong.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.