CONCORD, N.H. -- Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said New Hampshire will join 17 other states in defending the Affordable Care Act as a case that is aimed at repealing the law goes before the U.S. Supreme Court.
While he does not believe the law known as “Obamacare” has cut health care costs, Sununu told WMUR-TV that repealing the law without an “adequate replacement” would be harmful to New Hampshire residents.
“The state has no choice but to join the bipartisan effort to defend the program," Sununu said Wednesday.
He added, “To just pull it away and repeal it without a replacement, it would be devastating to New Hampshire."
Sununu's running for a third term. His decision puts him in opposition to a group of Republican-led states and the Trump administration, which is pushing to overturn the law.
"Every state is very different," Sununu said. “The ACA doesn't impact other states like it impacts New Hampshire. It's hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of citizens. To just throw their health care system away on a moment's notice, we have to fight for what works.”
Sununu said he hopes Congress passes a replacement program while the case is pending.
“We'd love to see a system that brings costs down and a system that actually achieves the goal of more choice in health care," he said.
Last year, Sununu signed a bill authored by Democrats aimed at protecting people with pre-existing conditions if the Affordable Care Act is dismantled. At the time, he said “completely dismantling the ACA would have a pretty shocking effect on our system."