Gov. Ducey opposes GOP healthcare proposal

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Gov. Ducey isn't backing down from his opposition to a bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Gov. Ducey isn't backing down from his opposition to a bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Gov. Doug Ducey doubled down Wednesday on his opposition to a bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare.

"I don't think it's close to where it needs," Ducey said of the proposal now moving through Congress.

[RELATED: Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown]

Perhaps not the comments you'd expect from for a governor who campaigned three years ago on getting rid of the Affordable Care Act.

But the state's executive said he doesn't want to see people lose their health care coverage.

"I don't want to see anyone have the rug pulled out from underneath them," he said.

[RELATED: Republicans rebelling against health care risk Trump's wrath]

And there is a reason for the governor to believe hundreds of thousands in Arizona could lose out.

A recent state report shows the possible impact the American Health Care Act (AHCA) could have on Arizona.

Nearly 400,000 Medicaid recipients could lose their health insurance if the proposal becomes law, according to AHCCCS, the state's Medicaid program.

Beyond the potential human toll, there are also hard financial costs.

That same report says the AHCA will end up costing Arizona nearly $480 million a year.

The money would be needed to cover those who stand to lose coverage.

"I'm going to be advocating on behalf of Arizona. I'm going to be working with our delegation," Ducey said.

Ducey says he's lobbying the White House and Arizona's members of Congress for major changes.

Last week, the governor said the AHCA should be approved as written.

Since then, GOP leaders have made some changes but not enough to win over the Arizona governor.

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