The nation's governors don't want people in their states to lose health coverage under a repeal of the Obama-era health care law, but even after a weekend of bipartisan meetings, they still don't agree on the best approach to replace it.
Republican Governor of Nevada Brian Sandoval said: "Of course I am concerned. -ORCRP000343-topic.html" class="local_link" >Aetna Inc. who previously described Obamacare as being in a "death spiral", said he looks forward to "continuing to work with the administration and both parties in Congress on a broader range" of health care solutions. They've tried to put this camouflage on it that somehow they're giving governors flexibility.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the chamber's No. 2 Republican, said governors were told that a 19-page summary of how House Republicans could overhaul Obamacare was dated. "This is not what we are asking for".
The president and congressional Republicans reportedly aim to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is more popularly known as Obamacare.
"People are madder than hops about this".
Herbert, a Republican, said that with the current system, there is a concern about sustainability. He also suggested that the president is not sold on House Republicans' so-called "border tax adjustment plan" to tax exports to essentially offset proposed tax cuts.
There's been a renewed focus by the administration on health care, after initial promises to make it a priority for the first days of the Trump White House seemed to slow.
"I don't know if we're going to be able to repeal Obamacare now because these folks who support Obamacare are very active, they're putting pressure on congressmen and there's not a counter-effort to steel the spine of some of these congressmen in tossup districts around the country", Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama said.
Snyder again touted Healthy Michigan at the White House today but he noted more pointedly his belief that Obamacare - the signature legislative accomplishment of former President Barack Obama and what was then a Congress controlled by Democrats - was largely about access and that "we're seeing a collapse of the access marketplace".More news: Earnhardt could retire if he wins Cup championship
Under the draft bill, states could opt to keep Medicaid expansion but would get less federal funding for coverage.
Malloy said Democratic governors are "united in opposition" to changes that would undermine Medicaid expansion.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, started the group a few weeks ago and said that they have been talking regularly by phone. "You people know that better than anybody".
Governors discussed whether Medicaid would be turned into a block-grant program or a per capita program, in which states would receive fixed funding based on the number of enrollees.
Yet Republicans in the House Freedom Caucus - about 40 members who frequently clash with leadership - are anxious about the overall cost of the effort and the use of refundable tax credits, saying it is an entitlement and they don't want to usher in "Obamacare light". Insurers have said that people are misusing those periods, waiting to sign up for health coverage only when they're sick.
Just recently, McAuliffe said, "We were anxious about straight out repeal".
It's a question that Republicans can't afford to waste much more time answering.
Democrats and proponents of the law also sought to step up their efforts. Politico reported that a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 43 percent of Americans consider the healthcare law to be a "good idea", while 41 percent said it was a "bad idea". Nearly 7 in 10 Republicans agreed, according to the survey by the nonpartisan group.