Gov. Rauner Says He Doesn't Support Obamacare Repeal Without Replacement
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said he doesn't support a repeal of Obamacare without a replacement.
It’s a rare comment from a governor who has stayed away from saying anything in public about national politics. But, as Republicans in Congress debate the issue with President-Elect Donald Trump, Rauner says he doesn’t support a simple repeal.
“I don’t think it works very well to just take it away and have nothing to replace it with," he said. "I don’t think that works.”
He also spoke out against changing Medicaid into a block-grant program, something supported by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Health Secretary nominee Tom Price.
“Illinois is not well-positioned if they do that," he said. "Illinois has been mismanaged on its Medicaid program for years. We’re trying to fix it but we’ve only been at it for two years and it takes a while.”
Rauner said earlier this month that he won't be attending Friday’s inauguration in Washington.