A bipartisan group of governors says the two parties can and should work together to improve the nation's health care system.
Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich presented the group's blueprint for policy changes at the National Press Club in Washington on Friday. He lamented one of the country's largest challenges seems to have been set aside by policymakers. Kasich and Democratic Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper have been working for more than a year on identifying common ground in health care, immigration and other top policy issues. They were joined in Friday's effort by independent Alaska Governor Bill Walker, Republican Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. Their blueprint lays out ways to improve affordability, restore stability, promote flexibility in the states and eliminate burdensome or overlapping insurance regulations. Some specifics include urging the federal government to restore insurer subsidies that were stopped by President Trump, triggering sharp increases in premiums this year. Kasich and Hickenlooper are both term-limited.