Key Point: John Weaver, a veteran Republican strategist, said federal action on health care is likely to factor in significantly in gubernatorial races this year and next regardless of what actually happens in Washington.
CT Dems’ Reaction: “This Trumpcare bill would have real and harmful consequences on the state of Connecticut that the next governor will have to deal with. Estimates show that it would not only cost Connecticut taxpayers up to $2.9 billion per year, but would also result in tens of thousands of people losing access to health coverage and could cause up to 249 people per year to die. This should be more than a partisan issue, but while Democrats are united against this backwards bill, the GOP gubernatorial candidates are refusing to take a stand. We need a governor who will take action and fight to protect health coverage, not rubber stamp Donald Trump’s extreme right wing agenda and subscribe to his bullying tactics.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell
Earlier this week, the five Democrats running for governor or exploring a run for statewide office invited their GOP counterparts to sign onto a letter highlighting how the GOP health care bill would hurt Connecticut and asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to work in a bipartisan manner to improve the Affordable Care Act. To date, not a single Republican candidate has signed the letter.
WaPo: Republicans running for governor put in a tough position by Trump health cuts
By John Wagner and Fenit Nirappil June 28 at 7:12 PM
In Virginia, Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie is getting peppered with questions on the campaign trail about President Trump’s efforts on health care, and he has declined to take a clear position.