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Monday, 17 July 2017 12:46

How Republican governors could kill the GOP's health-care bill

Written by  Amber Phillips

This post, originally published in June, has been updated with the latest news.

Behind a significant number of GOP senators who oppose their party's health-care bill is a governor who also hates it.

Of the 13 GOP senators who have concerns about or don't support the new version of the legislation, eight of their state's governors also don't support it. That's several more governors voicing their opposition since we last checked in June.

An additional three of those governors conspicuously won't comment on it, or, in the case of Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R), they begrudgingly support it. (It's “not a really good bill,” Bevin recently said.)

All but two of these governors are Republican or Republican-leaning. (Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is an independent who says he's “very concerned” about the bill.)

In other words, Republicans' health-care bill isn't popular with a significant number of Republicans who would have to vote for it, and isn't popular with a significant number of Republicans who would have to implement it.

How governors feel about this legislation can make or break whether the bill can pass.

Republican senators who are on the fence about Senate Republicans' health-care bill will have a hard time voting for it if their governor back home doesn't support it.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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