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Hogan: health care law repeal doesn't work for Maryland

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Posted at 2:37 PM, Sep 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 14:44:30-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's governor says a revived Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act won't work for Maryland.

Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, said Tuesday the Graham-Cassidy health care bill would "cost our state over $2 billion annually while directly jeopardizing the health care of our citizens."

He released a statement:

“As I have said from the start, the Affordable Care Act needs to be fixed. We need to keep what works, improve the parts that do not, and do it in a way that protects Marylanders' coverage and stops rates from continually skyrocketing. I will support any solution – no matter which side of the aisle it comes from – that helps us reach this outcome.

“Unfortunately, the Graham-Cassidy bill is not a solution that works for Maryland. It will cost our state over $2 billion annually while directly jeopardizing the health care of our citizens. We need common sense, bipartisan solutions that will stabilize markets and actually expand affordable coverage. It is time for Republicans and Democrats to come together, fix what is so clearly broken, and finally get something done for the American people.”

The effort to repeal the health care law in Washington has taken on new life after it seemed all but dead earlier this summer.

The bill would replace much of former President Barack Obama's law with block grants to states. It would give states wide leeway on spending the money, and would cut and reshape Medicaid.

Hogan says the law needs to be fixed in a way that protects Marylanders coverage and stops rates from skyrocketing.