PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WTVQ/AP) – Republican Governor Matt Bevin, of Kentucky, and Asa Hutchinson, of Arkansas, say the new GOP health care bill unveiled Thursday represents progress.
U.S. governors are meeting in Rhode Island. Initial reactions to the bill were mixed, with some Democrats calling it a nonstarter.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, says the bill would allow insurers to sell low-cost, skimpy policies and would add billions to combat opioid abuse and help states rein in consumers’ skyrocketing insurance costs.
Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the president promised that everybody would get coverage, it would cost less and there would be better results. He says the new plan doesn’t do any of that.
Governor Bevin says he thinks it puts more of an emphasis on state control and flexibility to design health care programs.