Governor Snyder raises concerns about repeal of the ACA

Governor Snyder. File

MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is raising concerns about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling for a vote on the legislation this Thursday.

Governor Snyder’s concerns are centered around how the repeal of the Affordable Care Act could impact Healthy Michigan, which covers more than 600,000 low-income Michigan residents.

On Tuesday, faith groups were praising the governor for speaking out on the Republican healthcare proposal.

Reverend Gerald Cardwell with the African American Episcopal Church traveled from Flint to Lansing to make the pitch to Michigan lawmakers that Obamacare should stay, and House Speaker Paul Ryan’s healthcare plan should go.

Rev. Cardwell and other Michigan faith leaders are joining Republican Governor Rick Snyder in telling lawmakers about the possible implications of scrapping Obamacare.

“If they just totally repealed the ACA, then it’s estimated by the Congressional Budget Office that 24 million people will be without healthcare in the next ten years,” said Rev. Cardwell.

When Newschannel 3 sat down with President Donald Trump last week, he said something needs to be done.

“Prices for healthcare will go down. We are going to have tremendous competition,” said President Trump. “We are going to have a much, much better plan in terms of healthcare. We are going to cover every single circumstance, which Obamacare doesn't. You take a look at what's going on with Obamacare. First of all, Obamacare won't even be around in a year. If we didn't do anything, within a year or two it's going to implode. Its already imploded."

Governor Snyder sent a letter to U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, saying in part, "the American Health Care Act (AHCA) shifts significant financial risk and cost from the federal government to states without providing sufficient flexibility to manage this additional responsibility."

The Governor adds, "The proposed legislation reduces federal resources that our state relies on to assist 2.4 million Michiganders enrolled in traditional Medicaid and the Healthy Michigan Plan..."

On Tuesday, the President stormed Capitol Hill, whipping Republican votes to ensure the repeal and replacement plan passes Congress.

But if the first phase clears its first big hurdle this week, Cardwell says 700,000 Michiganders are at risk of losing coverage.

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