Gov. Brown issues warning over Obamacare repeal

Posted at 4:47 PM, Dec 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-13 20:27:04-05

SAN DIEGO - In a visit to San Diego Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown faced a barrage of questions from reporters over how he'll respond to President-elect Donald Trump's actions, which includes the possible repealing of the Affordable Care Acct.

Brown, in town with dozens of other governors for the Western Governors' Association conference at the Hotel del Coronado, issued a key warning regarding "Obamacare" and the subsidies that come with it.

"Were those to be removed, that would have a devastating impact on hospitals, the university hospital system, medical providers, all matter of people in business, all of different the parties," Brown said.

At the conference, Brown and the other governors also discussed bipartisan strategy, and he spoke on immigration, women's rights and workplace protections.

"You've already phrased it as an 'if.' I mean, yeah, if the world ends we're in trouble, but that hasn't happened yet," Brown said.

Brown said that's because the president can't do everything himself. He said the Republican-controlled Congress won't be on board with all of the president-elect's proposals, and the judicial system could also force compromise.

"Women's rights, one kind or another, immigration, energy, foreign policy, you name it," Brown said. "There's a lot of sharp edges in the current debate."