Work remains to be done on the American Health Care Act proposal, according to Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson Friday on CNN's "New Day."
"There needs to be more changes in the Senate. It's a good first step but we don't want it to be the final step. Whenever we pass the bill in the House, we need to understand that's not a completion of the process," Hutchinson said.
"What we have right now, from a governor's standpoint in Arkansas, is really not manageable over the long term. We can't afford this system," he said.
An issue remains in how much money states will get from the federal government to take care of people who cannot do so on their own, Hutchinson said.
"I think the government can save money on the Medicaid side of it . . if you give us more ability to control the costs, we will save money for the federal government and to the states," the governor added.
Federal resources need to be concentrated on those who are moving up the economic ladder out of poverty, he said.
"We want to make sure we don't absorb the burden on that in the states in terms of uncompensated care," he said.
After the bill's passage on Thursday, the American Medical Association issued a statement that also called for more work on the bill.
"The AMA urges the Senate and the administration to work with physician, patient, hospital, and other provider groups to craft bipartisan solutions so all American families can access affordable and meaningful coverage, while preserving the safety net for vulnerable populations," Andrew Gurman, AMA president, said in the statement.
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