Senate Healthcare Bill Puts Pressure on GOP Officeholders in Jefferson City

As Missouri’s top statewide Republican officeholders — Governor Eric Greitens, Lt. Governor Mike Parson, and Attorney General Josh Hawley — remain silent on the GOP’s healthcare overhaul, national reports are highlighting how the legislation would force statewide officials to make critical decisions about the future of healthcare for their residents.

Here’s what national reports are saying about how the Senate healthcare bill puts pressure on statewide officeholders:

  • NBC News: “It would also cap the amount of funding states can get on a per-recipient basis rather than continue the current system…To make up the difference, states would either have to raise taxes, cut programs elsewhere or reduce benefits and coverage for recipients.”
  • CBS News: “States will be allowed to set their own standards for what insurers must offer on various policies.”
  • New York Times: The bill offers “states the ability to drop many of the benefits required by the Affordable Care Act, like maternity care, emergency services and mental health treatment.”
  • NPR: “The draft bill would let states ask permission to reduce required coverage, also called ‘essential health benefits.’”
  • Associated Press: The “Senate measure would also limit the federal funds states get each year for Medicaid.”
  • McClatchy: “The Senate bill would give states more power to run their health care systems outside of ACA regulations…which allows states to waive key provisions of the law.”
  • Washington Post: “States would be allowed to waive ‘essential health benefits’ — 10 categories of benefits such as hospitalization and prescription drugs that the Affordable Care Act required to ensure quality coverage.”
  • CNBC: “It would loosen rules in a way that could lead to states allowing insurers to offer less-generous health plans.”
  • CNN: “Insurers could provide skimpier coverage in states that get waivers for essential health benefits.”

Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber stated:

“Working Missourians are worried about their wallets and supporting their families — the least they deserve is to know whether or not their top statewide officeholders in Jefferson City are planning to use this new authority to gut their healthcare or not.”