This week, Gov. John Bel Edwards joined Governors John R. Kasich (R-Ohio), Steve Bullock (D-Mont.), Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.), John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), Tom Wolf (D-Pa.), Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.) and Bill Walker (I-AK) in sending a letter to congressional leaders asking them to follow in the footsteps of American governors who have prioritized the stability and affordability of health care coverage for all Americans. The governors developed a blueprint for reform that should be considered by Congress.
Here is an excerpt from the letter:
“Previously, we have written that changes to our health insurance system should be based on a set of guiding principles that include improving affordability and restoring stability to insurance markets. Reforms should not shift costs to states or fail to provide the necessary resources to ensure that the working poor or those suffering from mental illness, chronic illness or addiction can get the care they need.
“Based on these guiding principles, we recommend (1) immediate federal action to stabilize markets, (2) responsible reforms that preserve recent coverage gains and control costs, and (3) an active federal/state partnership that is based on innovation and a shared commitment to improve overall health system performance. Just as these proposals have brought together governors from across the political spectrum, we are confident they can attract support across party lines in both chambers of Congress.”