Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday said he’s worried Illinois “won’t do very well” if the proposed U.S. House Republican Obamacare replacement plan becomes law.
The governor’s comments were his first since congressional Republicans unveiled their changes Monday. The plan would cut federal funding to Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor and disabled paid for with state and federal dollars.
In Illinois, about 3 million, or 1 of every 4, residents are on Medicaid, including about 650,000 people insured under Medicaid expansion. The state is getting an estimated $14.1 billion in federal money this year to support traditional Medicaid and Medicaid expansion.
The House GOP plan would switch state reimbursement from a federal match to a limited amount of money, blowing a big hole in a state budget that’s already severely out of whack amid a record impasse in Springfield.
Rauner referred to the proposal as “a pretty significant shift” but said he hadn’t had a chance to “analyze every piece” of the legislation.
[Gov. Rauner] says he’s especially concerned that it will result in “pressure to reduce insurance coverage for people in Illinois.”
Rauner says it’s clear the Affordable Care Act is not affordable and it needs to change.
He says “I support changing it but we’ve got to be thoughtful about it.”
So… it’s not affordable and he supports changing it, but he doesn’t like the pressure to reduce insurance coverage?
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