Cuts to Medicaid could worsen US opioid crisis, governors warn

Dem senator blasts 'evil in the epidemic rate of lying' on GOP health bill

Dem senator blasts 'evil in the epidemic rate of lying' on GOP health bill

Pence tells United States governors it's time for "end of Obamacare": Jennifer McDermott of the Associated Press reports: 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".

Heller is the most endangered Republican senator up for reelection in 2018 and has not yet said how he plans to vote on the Senate bill.

"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. They spoke about how unwinding the Medicaid expansion created by the Affordable Care Act would hurt their states.

Republican governors from some states that did expand Medicaid, including Brian Sandoval of Nevada and John Kashich of OH, say the McConnell legislation cuts Medicaid too deeply, the Associated Press reported. But guess what: "It's still a pig". Bevin says he thinks it puts more of an emphasis on state control and flexibility to design health care programs.

Thirty of the nation's 50 governors are gathering in Providence, Rhode Island for the summer meetings of the National Governors Association. "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.

He focused his speech on the fundamental importance of the relationship between the USA and Canada and how he'd like to see "a thinner border for trade, not a thicker one".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has told American governors that barriers to trade between the two countries do not help working families, but kill growth.

Pence introduced Trudeau, saying the Trump administration is looking forward to renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement in a way that will equally benefit the USA and Canada. Pence and Trudeau met to talk about trade on the sidelines of the meeting. Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia chose to expand Medicaid to cover more people - and many of those who gained coverage are veterans.

Sandoval said Pence had some very positive things to say about the effort to make the bill better.

The latest Senate bill tries to help those markets by providing more money for states to help lower health insurance costs for residents and allowing insurers to sell low-cost, skimpy policies.

"The president promised us that everybody was going to get coverage, it would cost less and we'd get better results", said Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat who is chairman of the National Governors Association, which is meeting this week in Providence. There's a high degree of anxiety. No Democrats are supporting the plan. It also adds billions of dollars for states to combat the opioid overdose epidemic, a priority for governors. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said his biggest problem with the latest version is the impact it could have on the opioid crisis.

Raimondo also said Rhode Island has had some success with using peer counseling as part of addiction treatment by making recovering addicts available to help those new to treatment.

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