White House calls Gov. Hutchinson, others to private healthcare meeting


Gov. Asa Hutchinson was part of a small group of governors invited to the White House over the weekend to visit with Trump Administration officials about how to move forward on health care legislation.

GOP leaders in the U.S. Senate have failed to succeed on legislation geared to repeal and replace Obamacare. The latest failure came Thursday, with just 49 of 52 Senate Republicans voting for the measure.

Healthcare is tied to at least one-sixth of the U.S. economy and has become a serious problem for Republicans who have promised solutions and to remove Obamacare. The problem is that more than 22 million people now receive healthcare insurance through the program, and it has become increasingly popular the last several years. Hundreds of thousands of Arkansans receive health insurance through the state expanded Medicaid program, Arkansas Works, which is funded by Obamacare.


Politico was one of several media outlets to report Monday that several governors met privately during the weekend at the White House. GOP governors were expected to attending or were invited to attend included Gov. Hutchinson, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi. It was also reported that Seema Verma, a top Medicaid official for the Administration, and White House legislative director Marc Short were part of the meetings.

Also part of the meetings were Tom Price, secretary of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La.

Late Monday, Gov. Hutchinson’s office confirmed he was part of the weekend meeting.

“Over the weekend, I was called to a working session at the White House with a small group of governors to discuss options with the Administration to improve our healthcare system and to reduce long-term costs for our state and nationally,” noted the Hutchinson statement. “Governors have a hands on perspective, and I appreciate the White House’s acknowledgement of the importance of our viewpoint and their willingness to listen. It was a productive working session, and I am encouraged that there is a new commitment to finding a solution that is inclusive of the governors.”

In a brief interview Friday with Talk Business & Politics, Gov. Hutchinson suggested that Congress needs to “work together” to keep the process moving forward.

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