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Governors and Health Care

Posted at 6:26 pm June 22, 2017, in U.S. Governors

BlogLogoHealth care is dominating the headlines today, as the debate re-takes center stage in the U.S. Senate. An op-ed published by the Washington Post (and reprinted by is particularly interesting, however, as much for who wrote it as for what it says. The piece was written by two governors, one Republican and one Democrat (and both coincidentally named John): John Kasich (R-OH) and John Hickenlooper (D-CO). These governors call for a bipartisan solution to the problem and lay out a series of principles that they suggest should guide the debate.

The article is a reminder of the importance of the health care issue to state governments. It is also a reminder, however, that state chief executives can have a potentially important role in debates over national policy. With congressional approval ratings in the high teens to low 20s and the public’s patience with partisan squabbling in Washington, D.C. seemingly wearing thin, it will be interesting to see if governors—individually or as part of bipartisan teams—become more visible and vocal on the national policy stage in the coming months and years.

-Kristoffer Shields