Governor Wolf, 10 Bipartisan Governors Call on D.C. to Fix Insurance Markets

July 18, 2017

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined a bipartisan group of governors to issue a statement in response to recent developments on the Senate health care bill.

“Congress should work to make health insurance more affordable by controlling costs and stabilizing the market, and we are pleased to see a growing number of senators stand up for this approach. The Senate should immediately reject efforts to ‘repeal’ the current system and replace sometime later. This could leave millions of Americans without coverage. The best next step is for both parties to come together and do what we can all agree on: fix our unstable insurance markets. Going forward, it is critically important that governors are brought to the table to provide input, and we stand ready to work with lawmakers in an open, bipartisan way to provide better insurance for all Americans.”

 

The eleven governors who joined this statement:

John R. Kasich, Governor of Ohio

Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana

Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland

John Bel Edwards, Governor of Louisiana

Bill Walker, Governor of Alaska

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

 

Governor Wolf also released the following statement on the President’s statement that he would “let Obamacare fail:”

“This is reckless and it will hurt Pennsylvania families. Washington must come together in bipartisan fashion to work towards greater stability in the individual insurance market. Governors of both parties are ready and willing to be a part of a new process that listens and takes input from diverse viewpoints. It is time to nix plans to cut Medicaid and consumer protections, and to focus on making improvements to the existing law to protect coverage for Pennsylvanians and lower costs for families and seniors.”

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