At the National Governors Association meeting this week, health care is a major topic of discussion among state leaders. The NGA’s summer meeting convened as the Senate GOP unveiled its latest version of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, host of this year’s meeting, said she’s spoken to a few governors —Republican and Democrat-- who share her concern over a repeal of the ACA.
“These are states that have taken the Medicaid expansion, and what we’re all saying is that this is a shift from the federal government to the states and states can’t afford it,” Raimondo said.
An estimated 100,000 Ocean State residents gained insurance through the Medicaid expansion, but Raimondo added the repercussions of a repeal would affect more than coverage.
“There would be big job losses at our hospitals, nursing homes and doctors’ offices,” Raimondo said. “And it would be crushing fiscally if the state were asked to be put in a position to cover the shortfall for Medicaid."
During a speech Friday, Vice President Mike Pence weighed in on the ACA.
Health care reform will take center stage Saturday morning during a breakfast for the assembled governors and Tom Price, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The talk, entitled “The Future of Health Care,” is closed to the press.