The Trump administration is struggling to get support from skeptical U.S. governors for a revised healthcare bill before the
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Centers for Medicare and
“I am struggling to validate the numbers that are being presented to me by the administration, versus what I'm hearing from independent [experts], what I'll likely hear from the [
Sandoval has expressed concerns about the legislation's cuts to the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled. His position is important because of the pressure he could place on Nevada's Republican Sen.
"He's the United States senator. At the end of the day, he's the one who pushes the button," Sandoval said. "I'm going to inform him about how I feel about the bill."
Malloy added that a few Republican governors did ask questions. Others said they raised their concerns to the White House in one-on-one meetings.
Wisconsin Republican Gov.
"I haven't read through it all yet so I've still got to look at it," Walker said. "It just came out yesterday."
Participants said the meeting with governors included an appeal from Sen.
The conference's host, Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, said she didn't think anyone's mind was changed.
"If the federal government is trying to save hundreds of billions of dollars, the money's got to come from somewhere, and it either means it's coming from taking health insurance away from people who are now insured under the Medicaid expansion, or it means shifting the financial burden to the states," she said. "Either way, that's bad for Rhode Island and bad for many of the states whose governors were represented at that meeting."