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Democratic Governors: Leading the Health Care Debate at NGA

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Today at the National Governors Association Summer Meetings in Providence, Democratic governors stepped up to lead the fight against the Republican Health Care Bill in the Senate. Governors from red, purple, and blue states all across the country agree the proposal in Congress would be incredibly harmful to their states. The bill will gut Medicaid and shift the cost burden onto the states, threatening the insurance for millions of Americans around the country. 

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Print coverage highlights:

AP: ‘Still Trying to Put Lipstick on a Pig.’ Governors Slam Revised Health Care Bill 

Some Democratic governors gathered Friday morning to publicly criticize the revised health care bill, which was released Thursday. They spoke about how unwinding the Medicaid expansion created by the Affordable Care Act would hurt their states.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, said Republicans in Congress are “still trying to put lipstick on a pig, but guess what? It’s still a pig.”

Democratic Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said she plans to voice strong opposition to Pence when she meets with him privately.

NBC News: Governors ‘High Degree of Anxiety’ Over Health Care Bill

With billions of federal dollars for their states on the line, the nation’s governors are watching closely as the Senate GOP bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act stumbles toward a conclusion in Washington.

“It’s on everyone’s mind. It’s in every private conversation. There’s a high degree of anxiety,” said Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, the host of the summer meeting Friday and Saturday of the National Governors Association here. “They see it as an unfair shift of financial burden from the federal government to the states.”

WPRI: Meeting in RI, Dem governors attack latest GOP health care bill

Gov. Gina Raimondo and her fellow Democratic governors assailed the latest Republican health care bill on Friday, arguing it would harm residents of their states by reducing federal Medicaid funding.

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, currently leader of the Democratic Governors Association, argued Republican candidates for governor around the country are ducking the issue and should be pressed on whether they support the GOP health bill or not.

WLNE: Democratic governors voice concern over Senate GOP healthcare bill

Democratic governors from across the United States congregated in Providence to deliver a strong message against the latest Republican healthcare bill.

Governor Raimondo has been outspoken about healthcare saying getting rid of Obamacare would have disastrous consequences in Rhode Island. 

Many of her colleagues in government shared her sentiment. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said his biggest problem with the latest version is the impact it could have on the opioid crisis.

WBUR: At Annual Meeting, Nation’s Governors Discuss Senate’s Revised Health Care Bill

Not surprisingly, Democratic governors are highly critical of the plan.

Connecticut’s Gov. Dannel Malloy said Senate Republicans continue to put American lives on the line for no other reason than following through on an ill-advised campaign pledge.