Pence tells governors bill spells exit of 'Obamacare'

Ebony Scott
July 17, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence, who has led efforts from the executive branch to support the bill while President Donald Trump is in France, will speak at the governors' meeting and meet with skeptical leaders, including Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, an opponent of the bill.

Nonetheless, numerous Republican governors appear to be opposed to the current Senate legislation, and there is widespread skepticism in their ranks that the bill will pass.

"Let me be clear: President Trump and I believe the Senate healthcare bill strengthens and secures Medicaid for the neediest in our society", Pence said.

Benedict Lessing, the Community Care Alliance's president and CEO, says they are in the process of recruiting physicians to expand a medication-assisted treatment program to serve at least 200 adults.

Dan Malloy, now leader of the Democratic Governors Association, argued Republican candidates for governor around the country are ducking the issue and should be pressed on whether they support the GOP health bill or not. But guess what: "It's still a pig". Many of those governors see the impact this crisis is having on people in their state and they're saying enough is enough.

Some of the nation's governors are meeting this week in Rhode Island to discuss the biggest challenges facing their states.

Health care advocates have also rejected Pence's claim.

Trudeau said the North American Free Trade Agreement should be "modernized", as it has been in the past, and he's confident its renegotiation will be done to the benefit of all countries. Pence and Trudeau met to talk about trade on the sidelines of the meeting.

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But Republican Govs. Matt Bevin, of Kentucky, and Asa Hutchinson, of Arkansas, say the new bill represents progress.

Part of the issue is that 27 of 38 states' governors' seats are held by Republicans and are up for grabs in 2018.

"What I'm anxious will happen is that millions more will lose insurance, that Medicare and Medicaid will be cut", said McCleary.

But, Caldwell said, rather than fighting to preserve Medicaid access, veterans would be better served by efforts to reform the care the VA provides to those who qualify. He praised funding that was added to help states confront the opioid epidemic but said he remains concerned about making sure the 210,000 Nevada residents who gained coverage through the Medicaid expansion don't lose that coverage.

Several Democratic governors gathered earlier Friday to publicly criticize the revised health care bill, which was released Thursday.

State leaders attending this week's National Governors Association's three-day summer meeting discussed healthcare, global trade, and most national news topics, but for the most part, they steered clear of the topic that has featured in most political discussions since the first of the year: President Donald Trump.

"There's a high degree of anxiety", she said.

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