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Governors: GOP Medicaid Plan Shifts Significant Cost To States, Provides Almost No New Flexibility

Republican governors from Ohio, Michigan, Nevada and Arkansas wrote a letter expressing their disappointment with the current version of the American Health Care Act.

Bloomberg: Four Republican Governors Come Out Against Obamacare Replacement Plan 
In a letter Thursday, governors from Ohio, Nevada, Michigan and Arkansas wrote Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan and said the legislation the House is considering “does not ensure the resources necessary to make sure no one is left out, and shifts significant new costs to states.” They said the bill “does not meet” goals set out by President Donald Trump about state flexibility and making sure people are covered. (Edney and Tracer, 3/17)

Politico Pro: Republican Governors Tell Congress They Oppose Repeal Bill 
The governors for months have cautioned their party about passing legislation that would lead to major coverage losses in their states, and their opposition could present a new challenge for the bill. The letter comes as House Republican leaders are increasingly optimistic their bill could win support from conservatives who've complained the GOP plan doesn't do enough to gut Obamacare. (Pradhan, 3/17)

The Associated Press: Republicans At Odds Over How To Overhaul Medicaid
The future of Medicaid could become a pivotal issue as the health care debate moves to the Senate. Kevin Smith, a spokesman for Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said his boss "shares (governors') concerns about the need to protect the Medicaid expansion population and give governors more flexibility to ensure they can design programs that meet the needs of their states." (3/18)

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