Gov. Pete Ricketts declines to comment on the proposed Senate health care bill.
Republican leaders in the United States Senate have postponed any vote on the measure until after the Independence Day recess.
Ricketts says he has been reviewing the proposal, but doesn’t want to comment on it at present.
“Other than, we need to do something,” Ricketts tells reporters. “Obamacare is collapsing under its own weight. It is not working. What we see is premiums are skyrocketing. We’re seeing deductibles go up. It’s simply not affordable. So, we have to reform this system to be able to make sure that health care is affordable going forward.”
The Congressional Budget Office concluded that while the proposal would reduce the federal deficit by more than $300 billion over the next 10 years, it would leave 22 million Americans without health insurance.
Ricketts does say he favors a portion of the proposal which would give states more flexibility in administering their Medicaid programs.
“Certainly, we at the state would like to have more flexibility with regard to how we design those programs,” Ricketts says, “but I think we do have a concern to make sure the federal government just isn’t shifting costs from the federal government to us; just mandating that we have to do things and then asking us to pay for it.”
A number of Republican senators have expressed their dissatisfaction with the health care proposal outlined earlier by Senate leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Faced with the loss of votes, McConnell has delayed any vote on the measure until after the Senate returns from the Independent Day holiday.