By BOB CHRISTIE Associated Press Jan 20, 2017 (Interviewed, background data provided)
PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is urging Congress not to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul without a well-developed replacement plan, suggesting in a letter that it may take three years for a new system to be fully implemented.
In a letter and 15-page list of suggestions obtained by The Associated Press, Ducey urged House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to eliminate many of the basic insurance requirements in Obama’s law and allow states to again set their own insurance rules.
Ducey is urging McCarthy to keep tax subsidies for individuals in place for now to keep the marketplace that now covers 180,000 Arizonans from melting down. And he wants state flexibility for Medicaid plans, including limiting coverage in lean times and to require healthy individuals to work or seek jobs to maintain their coverage. Those plans now cover nearly 2 million people, including 400,000 under Medicaid expansion that’s part of the Affordable Care Act.
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