Governor Herbert wants bipartisan buy-in on healthcare bill

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Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – The long awaited Senate healthcare bill is out, and it immediately pinned Republicans against Democrats.

“I regret that our democratic friends made it clear early on that they did not want to work with us in a serious bipartisan way to prevent the Obamacare status quo,” said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R) Kentucky.

“It’s every bit as bad as the House bill, in some ways it’s worse. The Senate Republican healthcare bill is a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” countered Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, (D) New York.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert is weighing in. He says he’s cautiously optimistic states will have more control under the new Administration.

“To me a block grant would be the best of all worlds. Just give me the money, we’ll figure it out and do what we need to do in Utah. We already of the lowest cost healthcare in America in Utah, it’s not like we’re not doing things pretty well,” said Herbert, (R) Utah.

But, the governor says a vote next week would be pushing it.. He also doesn’t like that this bill is on the same partisan path as the Affordable Care Act.

“I think there’s a way to have more bipartisan support, and I would hope that the Republicans would reach across the aisle to get democrats support,” Herbert said.

Right now, not even all Senate Republicans are supporting the bill. Four are saying they are not ready to vote for it, including Utah Senator Mike Lee.

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