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Group of 11 bipartisan U.S. Governors opposes proposal to only repeal Obamacare.

KSweeley

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Link: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/ma...th-care-collapse-20170718-story.html#nws=true

A group of 11 bipartisan Governors has opposed the proposal to only repeal Obamacare:

July 18, 2017

A bipartisan group of 11 governors, including Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, said Tuesday they oppose Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan to repeal the health law known as Obamacare without having a plan to replace it with something better.

“The Senate should immediately reject efforts to ‘repeal’ the current system and replace sometime later,” the group of governors, which includes five Republicans, wrote in a joint statement. “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,” the governors wrote.

The statement came a day after McConnell failed to secure the votes needed for his plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, a top priority of the Trump administration. The Kentucky Republican then suggested that lawmakers proceed to a bill to repeal Obamacare -- a measure the Senate has previously approved -- and then spend more time negotiating a possible replacement.

But that idea has also met with considerable internal consternation, and appeared to collapse just hours after it was proposed. Three Republican senators said Tuesday that they did not support even bringing that idea to the Senate floor -- let alone approving it -- meaning it also lacks the votes to advance.

In addition to Hogan, the letter was signed by Govs. John R. Kasich of Ohio; Steve Bullock of Montana; John Bel Edwards of Louisiana; Bill Walker of Alaska; John W. Hickenlooper of Colorado; Charles D. Baker of Massachusetts; Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania; Phil Scott of Vermont; Terry McAuliffe of Virginia; and Brian Sandoval of Nevada.

Hogan, a Republican, has taken a mostly hands-off approach on weighing into specific federal policy issues and the Trump administration generally. But his decision to sign onto the bipartisan statement Tuesday marks the second time the governor has weighed in publicly to question the direction Senate Republicans have taken on health care.
 

ag-my001

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It is? Why would this group of Governors including 5 Republican Governors send out a letter then?
Article says the statement came out minutes after "Repeal only" was reported dead, so it was probably just a case of timing.

Also exposure for re-election campaigns. News tonight reported that Hogan has the second highest approval rating in the nation for governors, but he's also already got four democrats officially in the race for 2018.
 

KSweeley

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Article says the statement came out minutes after "Repeal only" was reported dead, so it was probably just a case of timing.

Also exposure for re-election campaigns. News tonight reported that Hogan has the second highest approval rating in the nation for governors, but he's also already got four democrats officially in the race for 2018.

One of them has a national profile in being the former NAACP President credited to bringing the NAACP back to life: https://ourrevolution.com/candidates/ben-jealous/

Ben Jealous is a civic leader and former Our Revolution National board member. At 35 years of age, Ben made history in becoming the youngest person to ever serve as both the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). During his tenure, Ben initiated national programs on criminal justice, health, environmental justice, voting rights, and expanded the organization's existing programs. Under his leadership, the NAACP also helped register 374,553 voters; mobilized 1.2 million new voters to turn out at the polls for the 2012 presidential election; increased online activism from 175,000 to more than 675,000 people; and increased donors from 16,000 individuals to more than 132,000. Before Ben's tenure, the NAACP was largely considered a dying organization. Forbes, TIME magazine, and others have credited him with bringing the NAACP back to life.

Ben was one of the most high profile public figures to endorse Senator Sanders's candidacy in the 2015 - 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary.
 

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Also exposure for re-election campaigns. News tonight reported that Hogan has the second highest approval rating in the nation for governors, but he's also already got four democrats officially in the race for 2018.

And #1 is Charlie Baker, who also signed on and is a R Governor in a deep D state.
 

Schattenjäger

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Repeal only is counter-productive, stupid, and not worth the backlash

Real leaders solve problems not back themselves into a corner
 

Eusis

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It is? Why would this group of Governors including 5 Republican Governors send out a letter then?
Because Trump is a dumb motherfucker who wants that "win" even if the US populace on a whole doesn't want that shit, especially now that we're seeing the results.