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Baker signs letter urging Senate to set aside ‘flawed’ health care proposal

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

Governor Charlie Baker has signed a letter urging US Senate leaders from both parties to set aside a “flawed” attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which is commonly referred to as Obamacare.

Senate Republicans are now trying to pass what has been referred to as a “skinny repeal” of Obamacare, which would likely include changes to the law such as dropping its requirements that people buy insurance and large employers provide health plans to their employees, but no outright repeal.

The letter, which was signed by Baker and nine other governors and sent to Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Senate minority leader Charles Schumer on Wednesday, pushes for the rejection of a “skinny repeal.” That maneuver, according to the letter, is expected to “accelerate health plans leaving the individual market, increase premiums, and result in fewer Americans having access to coverage.”

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The letter also states that the American Health Care Act, which was passed by the House, threatens health care coverage for “millions of hardworking, middle class Americans.” That bill would also shift Medicaid costs to states and fail to provide resources that would guarantee “no one is left out,” the letter asserts.

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“Congress should be working to make health insurance more affordable while stabilizing the health insurance market, but this bill and similar proposals won’t accomplish these goals,” reads the letter.

GOP Senators on Wednesday failed to overturn Obamacare, as seven Republicans refused to support a proposal that would have eliminated the entire law in two years.

Danny McDonald can be reached at daniel.mcdonald@globe.com