Idaho Healthcare Groups Express Relief At Failure Of So-Called "Skinny Repeal"

Jul 28, 2017

Medical experts and providers at the Close the Gap Idaho coalition are relieved the GOP's proposed "skinny repeal" didn't pass. Idaho's Republican Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo both voted with many in their party in favor of the "skinny repeal" despite the bill's unpopularity among senators on both sides of the aisle.
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The Idaho Hospital Association, the Idaho Medical Association and other experts and health care providers under the banner of the Close The Gap Idaho coalition are expressing relief after the so-called "Skinny Repeal" of the Affordable Care Act perished Thursday night.

The Director of Idaho Voices For Children, Lauren Necochea, tells the Spokesman Review thousands of families in the Gem State are resting a little easier knowing the bill failed. She called the proposed legislation “hasty” and “reckless” and said it would put seniors, children, and the disabled at risk of losing their health coverage.

Many Republican senators derided the proposed legislation; Lindsey Graham of South Carolina called it “a half-assed” plan and “the dumbest thing in history.” Despite the colorful terms used to describe the unpopular Skinny Repeal, nearly all Republican senators – including Idaho’s Mike Crapo and Jim Risch – voted in favor of repeal.

Close the Gap Idaho expressed disappointment in the two Idaho lawmakers for supporting the bill and said in the future, the coalition hopes Risch and Crapo will work toward more constructive solutions to healthcare.

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