Governors, health plan group oppose Senate GOP’s ‘skinny’ repeal – Health Care News

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27 July 2017 | 6:37 pm

(AP)—The country’s biggest organization of health plans is opposing the Senate Republicans’ latest approach to scrapping the Obama health care law.

America’s Health Insurance Plans wrote to Senate leaders, saying that ending the requirement for people to buy insurance, without strengthening insurance markets, would produce “higher premiums, fewer choices for consumers and fewer people covered next year.”

GOP leaders unable to win enough votes for a broad revamping of Obama’s law are now focusing on a far narrower bill repealing a handful of the least popular provisions.

Republicans say no decisions have been finalized. But they’ve said one leading idea is to eliminate tax penalties on people not buying coverage, effectively ending that requirement.

A group of 10 Republican and Democratic governors are calling on Senate leaders to heed John McCain’s plea for bipartisan work on overhauling Obamacare.

In a letter late Wednesday, the governors urged the leaders, particularly top Republican Mitch McConnell, to set aside “this flawed bill” and work with them on making health care more available and affordable for every American.

The governor also rejected the notion of a pared-down bill, warning that it would increase premiums and lead to fewer Americans with coverage.

Signing the letter were Republican Govs. John Kasich of Ohio, Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Larry Hogan of Maryland and Phil Scott of Vermont.

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Nevada Sen. Dean Heller voted on Tuesday to move ahead on the GOP effort to repeal and replace the law.

The Senate is expected to finish the legislation by Friday.



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