GOP Governors: Keep Funding Healthcare for Poor
|Republican governors urged Congressional lawmakers on Jan. 19 to continue funding health benefits for millions of low-income Americans despite Congress' efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, one of 10 governors who met with Republican lawmakers in Washington, D.C., suggested that those who gained Medicaid coverage under an ACA-financed expansion could instead be given either premium subsidies or tax credits for buying private health insurance. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson expressed optimism that funds for the expanded Medicaid program will keep flowing from Washington.
"There are some fundamental things that we can do that can settle people down, so they are not worried they are going to lose their coverage, but at the same time bring significant changes to the Obamacare package," Kasich, a former Republican presidential candidate, told reporters after the meeting with other Republican governors and lawmakers hosted by the Senate Finance Committee.