Governors from all over the US are heading on Friday for Washington DC in a desperate attempt of finding out how President Trump and the Republican dominated Congress plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare.
There are over 11 million adults in 31 states (many of which have Republican governors) who are covered via the Medicaid expansion granted under the Affordable Care Act.
The governors travelling to DC will attend the National Governors Association meeting, which takes place from Friday through Monday. During the respective talks, they intend to address the issue of repealing/replacing Obamacare together with President Trump who will participate at the meeting over the weekend and also with members of the Congress, who promised to help supporting the repeal of ACA.
The Republican governor of Ohio, John Kasich respectively, who was a contender of President Trump during the primaries and can be described as the quintessential RINO, has called the repeal of Medicare expansion a terrible idea and he’s set to meet President Trump privately on Friday.
Kasich is a member of a group of REP governors who are muddying the waters by seeking an elusive pie in the sky Obamacare replacement and their influence seems to be growing in a Congress which seems completely unable to find consensus on Trump’s plans as they fear backlash (protests at home) over the repeal of the health care law.
Their worries are primarily focused on the outcome of Medicaid, which is the healthcare program of choice for low income citizens and conventional wisdom says that folks already receiving coverage from Medicaid should not lose it.
According to Kansas gov. Brownback (a conservative), who was against the federal Medicaid expansion:
“Obamacare repeal and replace is going to be the top discussion. The governors are going to be at the tip of the spear on that. You’ve got to do it in such a way that you are repealing but you’re not kicking people off,”
The Congress Republicans have vowed to repeal/replace the ACA yet they’re fighting to find a viable solution for replacing Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid.
For the last 3 years, the federal government funded all Medicaid bills for the newly eligible recipients and now the Congress and President Trump are looking to change all that, including the financing formula for Medicaid.
Obviously, governors are worried about what that could mean for their constituents.