Several Democratic and Republican governors expressed concern and even outright opposition against the bill
Vice President Mike Pence addresses a NGA session titled "Collaborating to Create Tomorrow's Global Economy" at the second day of the National Governors Association meeting Friday, July 14, 2017, in Providence, Rhode Island (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia), photo: AP/Stephen Savoia
14 of July 2017 19:42:25
PROVIDENCE – Vice President Mike Pence told a bipartisan gathering of governors on Friday that he and President Donald Trump believe the revised health care bill before the U.S. Senate is the "right bill at the right time to begin the end of Obamacare.""The president said he wanted a health care system that in his words is far less expensive and far better," the Republican vice president said during a conference of the National Governors Association. "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."I want to challenge each one of you to work together with this administration, to give the American people access to the world-class health care they deserve," he said.
Pence also spoke about modernizing NAFTA so it's a "win, win, win" for all the trading partners. Pence and Trudeau met to talk about trade on the sidelines of the meeting.Pence, after his address, met with several governors, including Republicans Brian Sandoval, of Nevada, and Asa Hutchinson, of Arkansas.Sandoval had characterized his reaction to the latest Republican health care bill as one of "great concern" immediately after it was released Thursday. Hutchinson was more receptive, but both said they worried about Congress shifting costs to the states to maintain the same level of Medicaid coverage they have committed to.Nevada and Arkansas are among the 31 states that expanded Medicaid under the Obama-era law, adding coverage for roughly 11 million U.S. citizens.Sandoval said Pence had some very positive things to say about the effort to make the bill better. 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.
Thanks to Vice-President Pence for the meeting today focused on trade, cooperation & working together to create jobs in Canada & the US. pic.twitter.com/iypONjBKy1— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) 14 de julio de 2017
The latest changes are geared toward increasing access to bare-bones private insurance. There's also an additional $45 billion to help states confronting the opioid epidemic.North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, called that funding a "fig leaf." Many of the "flimsy" policies that will be allowed under the legislation wouldn't cover substance abuse treatment, he said.A governors-only session on Saturday will give them a chance to ask questions of U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma.
#TrumpCare isn’t a health care bill. It’s a tax cut for the rich paid for by the poorest and most vulnerable people in America. 9/— Gina Raimondo (@GinaRaimondo) 14 de julio de 2017