Kasich vows to defend Medicaid coming from GOP cuts

The nation’s governors left Washington D.C. Monday with little consensus on overhauling Obamacare as well as also Medicaid.

Obamacare dominated the discussions during their annual conference — which a record 46 governors attended. The state executives met with President Trump, Health Secretary Tom cost, Congressional lawmakers as well as also each different to air their commitment to as well as also concerns about providing health care to their residents.

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One thing of which unites the governors is usually of which they don’t want anyone to be left uninsured by the Trump administration’s as well as also Congress’ drive to repeal the health care law, said Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe, president of the National Governors Association whose effort to expand Medicaid in his state was blocked by Republican lawmakers.

“We do not want one citizen to lose health care,” McAuliffe told reporters at a press conference, adding of which the governors repeatedly pressed Trump as well as also cost about of which issue.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said he left the meeting with the administration feeling not bad of which Americans would likely be able to keep their coverage. He did not specify why.

yet governors remain divided over what to do about the Affordable Care Act, especially the Medicaid expansion provision of which has extended coverage to 11 million low-income adults in 31 states.

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While both Democratic as well as also Republican governors defend expansion, those of which haven’t are less committed to of which.

“We all possess the same goals as far as people having access [to health care],” said Utah Governor Gary Herbert, whose state has not expanded Medicaid. “There’s not any desire to upset of which aspect … yet there is usually a concern of sustainability. of which’s a work in progress. We sometimes differ on process.”

Governors are also split over Congress’ desire to cap federal funding for the entire Medicaid program — which covers more than 70 million Americans. McAuliffe said he opposes the idea of block grants, in which the federal government would likely send a fixed amount of money to the states

“Whenever the federal government mentions the word block grants, let us be crystal clear, they are saving money as well as also of which’s going to cost the states,” McAuliffe said.

Herbert, however, said some people support changing the federal funding system.

“We need to find a formula of which’s fair for everyone,” he said.

sy88pgw (brand new York) First published February 27, 2017: 6:13 PM ET

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