Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said he wants to hear President Donald Trump say that no one will lose healthcare coverage as Republicans look to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
"What I want to hear today — and the president will be asked — I would like to hear the president say today that no individuals will lose their health care in America," McAuliffe said Monday during an interview on CNN's "New Day."
However, the governor does not hold out hope for such a declaration. "There's nothing that I've heard over the weekend that has me going back to Richmond feeling confident," referring to the capital of his state.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price spoke to a gathering of state governors on the issue over the weekend, and McAuliffe said it was a "nice talk."
The governor said taking action is more important than discussion.
"The devil's in the details. The political rhetoric of the campaign has hit the reality of governing. This is complex. You cannot take healthcare away from 18 million people. What are they going to do? And they realize they have got themselves in a real box here today," he said, referring to the Trump administration.
Governors, both Republican and Democrat, are united in their concerns, McAuliffe said. "We do not want to see a repeal of ACA without a replacement where everybody is included that is covered today, I can promise you that," McAuliffe said.
The Democratic governor anticipates issues in his state if the act goes away. "I have huge concerns. If you eliminate the ACA, I lose $200 million in our budget in Virginia. Thousands of people will lose access to their healthcare," McAuliffe said.
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