Governor Wolf Calls for U.S. Senate to Restart Bipartisan Market Stabilization Process

September 26, 2017

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf today released the following statement on the failure of the Graham-Cassidy amendment and the need for bipartisan work on health insurance market stabilization to continue:

“My administration has worked collaboratively with Republican and Democratic governors and members of the United States Senate to stabilize health insurance markets, provide certainty for consumers and providers, and work towards reducing the cost of care,” Governor Wolf said. “Unfortunately, this bipartisan effort was derailed by partisans seeking to take another shot at throwing millions of Americans off their health insurance and dismantling consumer protections.

“Bipartisan governors are ready to work with Washington to fix our health care system. We need to stabilize our markets and provide certainty. We want to find ways to reduce the cost of care and prescription drugs. Washington can do all these things without dismantling coverage and protections for millions of Pennsylvanians. However, there must be the will to put politics aside and focus on the human impact of our health care system.”

Earlier this month, Governor Wolf was joined by Governors Hickenlooper (Colorado), Kasich (Ohio), Walker (Alaska), Bullock (Montana), McAuliffe (Virginia), Edwards (Louisiana), Sandoval (Nevada), Baker (Massachusetts), and Scott (Vermont) to oppose the Graham-Cassidy proposal.

At the beginning of September, then-Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner, and now Acting Secretary of Human Services, Teresa Miller testified at hearings called by bipartisan Senators focused on insurance market stabilization. Acting Secretary Miller also testified yesterday in Washington against the Graham-Cassidy proposal.

Governor Wolf and bipartisan governors presented Congress with a plan to strengthen health insurance markets in August.

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