Pence takes White House health care pitch on the road

Cheryl Sanders
March 11, 2017

The conversation, which lasted more than an hour, focused on ensuring that the sanctity of life is respected and included in efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Speaking with reporters on Friday, Bevin aligned himself with Paul in a subtle knock on the administration's plan.

An Pence aide dismissed the idea that Bevin was standing against the bill, instead arguing that the Kentucky Republican will play a constructive role in what eventually goes to the House floor.

A number of conservative lawmakers and policy groups have come out against the proposed health care plan that the White House is hoping to usher through Congress.


Pence was in OH and Wisconsin last week in support of the repeal. "Truth be told, I'm not either".

Pence said that the so-called Obamacare law had failed the nation and the Trump administration would need the backing of rank-and-file Republicans to pass their health care overhaul.

Pence says he wants to "get that little lizard on television or get Flo out there selling health insurance", a reference to GEICO and Progressive Insurance ads. He added that the plan would give states the freedom and flexibility with Medicaid.

The comments could make Saturday morning's event at Trane Parts and Distribution Center in Louisville slightly more awkward than it would have been.


VP MIKE PENCE: Well, I think we're going to listen very intently to conservative leaders. Even before the legislation was released, he placed a copy machine outside of the room where House Republicans were drafting the bill and asked for a copy, all to draw attention to the secrecy of the plan. "I know your former governor, Steve Beshear, has been defending Obamacare all over America". He went on to outline some of the bill's primary proposals, such as expanding health savings accounts, providing tax credits to individuals to go towards their healthcare costs, and repealing the individual and employer mandate.

He concluded, "The central element of the president's vision for healthcare reform is to expand to a national marketplace, to allow the American people to purchase health insurance across state lines".

65% of Americans surveyed in the poll said that Medicaid, the government-run health program, should continue largely as it exists today, despite Republican proposals to change the program.


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