Gov. Christie: Graham-Cassidy Bill 'Too Injurious' to New Jersey

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 21, 2017

Chris Christie announced Wednesday he's against Republicans' latest effort in Washington to repeal the Affordable Care Act, saying it would cost New Jersey almost $4 billion. That has been criticized as hurting states, such as New Jersey, which opted to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, as the ACA is popularly known.

"I oppose Graham-Cassidy because it is too injurious to the people of New Jersey", Christie said.

In July, the US Senate rejected the Republican-drafted healthcare legislation, dubbed the "skinny repeal" bill, dealing a major blow to GOP leadership and Trump, who had campaigned relentlessly on a pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act approved under his predecessor in 2010.

The state might lose $3.9 billion in Medicaid funds under Graham-Cassidy, while states that did not expand Medicaid would benefit.

"Even though I didn't agree with the way (Obama) approached it philosophically, it was the law".

"I'm certainly not going to support a bill that takes almost $4 billion from people in the state", he added.

"When I see people trying to undo that hard-won progress for the 50th or 60th time ... it is aggravating", he said at an event in NY.

Republicans hold a slim 52 to 48 majority in the Senate.

Meanwhile, Obama on Wednesday condemned repeated Republican attempts to repeal Obamacare. I'm the governor of my state. Christie was not one of the 10 governors to sign the letter. He received praise Wednesday from New Jersey Policy Perspective, a left-leaning think tank, for opposing the Republican repeal effort.

"I think they kind of tied themselves in knots trying to help the states that didn't expand", Christie said at a public event in Somerset.

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