Rauner Says Obamacare Needs A Replacement

Jan 19, 2017

Governor Bruce Rauner said he does not support a repeal of Obamacare without a replacement.

It’s a rare comment from a governor who has stayed away from saying anything about national politics publicly. But, as Republicans in Congress debate the issue with President-Elect Donald Trump, Rauner says he doesn’t support simply repealing it.

“I don’t think it works very well to just take it away and have nothing to replace it with. I don’t think that works,” Rauner said. 

The governor also said he thinks the effort of Congressional Republicans to turn Medicaid into a block grant program would not work for Illinois. 

“Illinois is not well-positioned if they do that. 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,” he added.

Rauner said last week that he does not plan to attend Trump’s inauguration.