Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) on Thursday expressed “great concern” about the revised GOP healthcare bill and its cuts to Medicaid.
“I’m greatly concerned and very protective of the expansion population,” Sandoval said at the National Governors Association meeting Thursday, CNN reports.
“They are living healthier and happier lives as a result of their receiving coverage, and for them to lose that at this point would be very hurtful for them.”
The newly unveiled GOP healthcare bill would help states reduce premiums through extra funds but would also make substantial rollbacks to Medicaid expansion.
Sandoval railed against the bill, expressing concern for the “210,000 people in my state” who would lose valuable coverage under the new system.
“My understanding is the bill isn’t that much different than its previous iteration,” he said.
GOP leadership unveiled the revised bill Thursday morning, based heavily off of amendments proposed by Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzHealth groups: Revised GOP health bill not an improvement Poll: Americans rank national security higher than ObamaCare heading into midterms Centrist Republicans push back on GOP healthcare bill MORE (R-Texas).
Sandoval’s position on the bill has been seen as crucial to its passage, as Sen. Dean HellerDean HellerKasich opposes revised Senate ObamaCare repeal bill Centrist Republicans push back on GOP healthcare bill GOP gov has ‘great concern’ over revised healthcare bill MORE (R-Nev.) has closely aligned his position with the governor’s.
Heller is one of three Senate Republicans who opposed the bill Thursday morning, telling reporters that he would take a look at the new legislation. “We’ll read it over the weekend and come up with a decision and see if there’s any improvements,” he said.
Republicans hold a 52-seat majority in the Senate and can afford only two defections from the vote on the bill, assuming that Vice President Pence votes to break the tie.
Sandoval told CNN he will be meeting with Pence and other administration officials on Friday to discuss the bill.
GOP gov has ‘great concern’ over revised healthcare bill