"This is the Silence of the Lambs Congress. They're utterly silent, emerging from the House gym or their three-hour lunches only to scream to the press about Trump."
EDITOR - GOP Governors and Congressmen BS us with talk about how horrible Obamacare is. But when push comes to shove they want that cold hard cash to keep flowing.
(Newsmax) - Governors of both parties had warned Congress for weeks that the Republican health care bill threatened to saddle their states with big costs and potentially leave millions of people without coverage, especially because of the cutbacks planned to Medicaid.
The bill's withdrawal on Friday left in place the status quo under the Affordable Care Act. That was welcomed by several governors in the states that opted to expand Medicaid under former President Barack Obama's law."I am pleased today's vote has been held as this bill would drastically affect the Commonwealth's ability to ensure essential care for thousands of people," Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican in a Democratic-leaning state, said in a statement after the bill was pulled from consideration.
He went on, "This version does not reflect the needs of states and does not contain many critical aspects of health care reform that our administration has communicated to the federal government."
In Ohio, the state estimated that rolling back the Medicaid expansion entirely would have saved it $3.7 billion over a decade on Medicaid costs. Trying to maintain the program under the Republican plan would have cost $7.8 billion.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich and three other Republican governors — Arkansas' Asa Hutchinson, Nevada's Brian Sandoval and Michigan's Rick Snyder — wrote a letter to congressional leaders last week saying they wanted to undo Obama's Affordable Care Act but faulted the Republican replacement plan.
They said it did not give states enough flexibility or provide the "resources necessary to make sure no one is left out."Read More . . . .