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Idaho health care advocates ‘relieved’ at Senate defeat of ‘skinny repeal’ bill

Close the Gap Idaho, a statewide coalition of health care providers, advocates, policy experts and others that includes the Idaho Medical Association, the Idaho Hospital Association and more, issued a statement this morning saying Idaho health care groups are “relieved” that the Senate failed to pass a “skinny repeal” health care bill last night.

“Thousands of Idaho families are breathing a sigh of relief with the failure of a hasty, reckless bill that would have put coverage at risk for children, seniors and Idahoans with disabilities,” said Lauren Necochea, director of Idaho Voices for Children.

Both Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch voted in favor of the bill, but it failed after three Senate Republicans – Sens. John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins – joined all Senate Democrats in opposing the measure.

Close the Gap Idaho expressed “disappointment” that Crapo and Risch voted in favor the bill, and called on them to work toward more constructive solutions on health care. “Idaho healthcare groups are hopeful that there will be renewed focus on improving our current healthcare system – as opposed to simply eliminating key elements of current law without immediate or adequate replacement solutions,” the group said. “Close the Gap urges Idaho’s congressional delegation to take time to work with local stakeholders on constructive solutions that stabilize the marketplace, improve healthcare affordability and leave Medicaid intact.”

You can read the group’s full statement here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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