Peter Marcus, Colorado Politics
Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday urged U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to resist repealing the Affordable Care Act until an adequate replacement is identified.
Hickenlooper joins a chorus of Democrats who fear that the GOP-controlled Congress, with help from Republican Donald Trump, will prematurely dismantle the federal health care law.
“Because of the progress Colorado has made, repealing the Affordable Care Act without an immediate replacement may be disastrous,” Hickenlooper wrote in a letter to McCarthy.
He has support from a new coalition of more than 100 groups across the state – the Colorado Health Policy Coalition – which also recently urged Congress not to repeal the ACA without a comprehensive replacement plan. The diverse coalition includes health care and business organizations with representation from both political parties.
“Our first, most urgent message has to be that repeal of our existing framework, without a clear picture of what will replace it, is a recipe for disaster,” said Adela Flores-Brennan, executive director of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative.
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