Governor Wolf, Bipartisan Group of Governors Send Letter to Senators McConnell, Schumer Calling for Sensible, Inclusive Health Care Reform
July 27, 2017
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf added his signature to a letter from a bipartisan group of governors to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer imploring them to set aside the flawed Republican American Health Care Act and work with governors – Republicans and Democrats – to find a health care solution that will make care more available and affordable for every American.
In a July 26 letter, Governor Wolf and the governors of Colorado, Louisiana, Montana, Virginia, Nevada, Massachusetts, Maryland, Ohio, and Vermont advised Sens. McConnell and Schumer that “true, lasting reforms can only be achieved in an open, bipartisan fashion.
“We agree with Senator John McCain that the Senate should ‘return to regular order,’ working across the aisle to ‘provide workable solutions to problems Americans are struggling with today.’
“Congress should be working to make health insurance more affordable while stabilizing the health insurance market, but this bill and similar proposals won’t accomplish these goals. The bill still threatens coverage for millions of hardworking, middle class Americans.
“The bill’s Medicaid provisions shift costs to states and fail to provide the necessary resources to ensure that no one is left out, including the working poor and those suffering from mental illness or addiction.”
The governors asked the senators to work with them on solutions that all can agree on, such as fixing our unstable insurance markets – a fix that will impact the coverage and care of millions of Americans.
Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller testified Tuesday before the U.S. House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on market stabilization and how the reckless repeal and short-sighted amendments to the ACA will force insurance rates to skyrocket in Pennsylvania as millions of Pennsylvanians are left without care or options. Read the full testimony here.
The 10 governors who signed the letter:
John R. Kasich, Governor of Ohio
Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana
Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland
John Bel Edwards, Governor of Louisiana
John W. Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado
Charles D. Baker, Governor of Massachusetts
Tom Wolf, Governor of Pennsylvania
Phil Scott, Governor of Vermont
Terry McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia
Brian Sandoval, Governor of Nevada