GOP, Dem governors agree with Trump, call health bill 'mean'

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 19, 2017

Democrats are upset that the GOP replacement bill is being drafted by 13 Republican senators and that leaders of the GOP-controlled Senate won't allow Democrats to participate in the process. Instead, it wants Senate leaders to work together on an overhaul of President Barack Obama's health care law.

A bipartisan group of governors are criticizing the Republican health care bill now being crafted in Congress, arguing the legislation fails to protect the vulnerable and shifts the financial burden of coverage to the states.

The bill "calls into question coverage for the vulnerable and fails to provide the necessary resources to ensure that no one is left out, while shifting significant costs to the states, " the governors said.

Another said Trump used a vulgar phrase to describe the House bill and told the senators, "We need to be more generous".

"Senators have studied the House bill and listened to many interested individuals and groups and are now writing the Senate's own bill", the spokeswoman, Jill Gerber, said.

"Americans won't forget that @HouseGOP passed a "mean" bill to rip healthcare from millions then celebrated @ the WH", said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.

They've "changed it enough and gutted it enough's really a concern to us", he said, adding the bill no longer addresses fundamental issues with the mental health agencies.

They include Dean Heller of Nevada and Jeff Flake of Arizona, both up for re-election next year, as well as Rob Portman of Ohio, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

"There's no bill as far as I know", said Ohio Republican Sen.

"I think I would have preferred that it go through committee", Paul told The Hill.

"I don't know what it is that will actually come forward".

Republicans in Congress are bumping up against a harsh reality: "Repeal Obamacare" might sound good on the campaign trail, but it doesn't look so good when you find out who gets hurt.

Mitch McConnell and a select few Republican members of the Senate are now drafting a piece of legislation that represents one-sixth of our nation's economy and jeopardizes the healthcare of millions of Americans - and nobody, not even the people who will be voting on its passage - has any idea of what's in it. "Now the president agrees with us".

File- Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer stepped to the microphone to rally a crowd of President Donald Trump's opponents in New York's Battery Park on Sunday, January 29, 2017. It still would preserve Medicaid and the 3-to-1 federal match for poor residents' health care. The House bill would phase out the money for increased Medicaid coverage by 2020.

In all, more than 14 million Americans were enrolled in Medicaid as a result of the expansion.

Noah pointed out that here has been some obvious back and forth on the health care bill, sharing that Trump went from once calling it an "unbelievable victory" to most recently calling it "mean" and a "son of a bitch".

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