“We believe the Senate health care bill begins to make the president’s vision a reality”.
Pence urged governors to support the plan, which was written by Republicans and would make major changes to the signature domestic policy of former President Barack Obama, a Democrat. They spoke about how unwinding the Medicaid expansion created by the Affordable Care Act would hurt their states.
The governors pressed the officials about spending cuts to states, and voiced acute skepticism about the argument – advanced by supporters of the health care bill – that states could make up for any fiscal changes by experimenting with new ways of administering Medicaid.
The Senate health care bill is “trying to put lipstick on a pig, guess what, it’s still a pig”, said Montana Gov. Steve Bullock. Losing one more Republican senator would effectively sink the legislation, and a handful of Republican senators from states that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have signaled they will closely follow the lead of their state’s governor.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau followed Pence in addressing the governors from about 30 states. “The House version certainly didn’t do that, and neither did the original Senate version and I’m not going to support anything that translates into a taking, literally just a takeback from the federal government with respect to the commitment they’ve already made to support health care in Massachusetts”, Baker said.
More than 75 percent of Canada’s exports and 98 percent of its oil exports go to the U.S. Pence and Trudeau met to talk about trade on the sidelines of the meeting.
He joins governors John Kasich of Ohio, Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas and Doug Ducey of Arizona in pushing back on the bill.
Part of the issue is that 27 of 38 states’ governors’ seats are held by Republicans and are up for grabs in 2018.
It’s too early to know just how many veterans might lose coverage as a result of the Medicaid reductions. As vice president, Pence could very well be called upon to cast the tie-breaking vote on this re-write of the health care bill.
Gov. Gina Raimondo and her fellow Democratic governors assailed the latest Republican health care bill on Friday, arguing it would harm residents of their states by reducing federal Medicaid funding. There’s a high degree of anxiety.
Of particular interest to the governors is the Medicaid expansion.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell released the bill Thursday. No Democrats are supporting the plan.
Just to give you an idea of what CT is doing, the state will receive $5.5 million in federal grant money which will go toward the opioid epidemic.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said a greater emphasis on treatment is also needed. Numerous “flimsy” policies that will be allowed under the legislation wouldn’t cover substance abuse treatment, he said. “I’m no different than I was”, Sandoval told reporters after a governors-only meeting Saturday with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Seema Verma, administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.