"I am sorry he does not understand", Cassidy said on CNN, arguing that his bill would in fact protect people with pre-existing conditions, a claim that Kimmel as well as leading health advocacy groups dispute.
"It seemed like he was being honest", Kimmel said. "The Graham-Cassidy legislation can meet both of these provisions and benefit Tennesseans by returning more of Tennesseans' taxpayer dollars to the state to serve the health care needs of our citizens". However, in many states like MA, which has expanded health care coverage the most since the ACA's implementation, the bill would mean deep cuts.
"We think the American people need this", Pence told reporters. "I will keep working with the President for real repeal". The governor said he supports any solution that helps reach that outcome, regardless of which side of the political aisle it comes from.
"You know, before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there's a good chance you'd never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition", he said on the show. Other Republicans who've not yet lined up behind the bill include the three who cast decisive votes against the last measure their party tried to push through the Senate in July. Conservative senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) haven't said definitively whether they will support or oppose the bill, with Lee showing more openness on this legislation that prior efforts.
Republicans must vote on the bill by the end of next week or lose access to special budget rules that prevent Democrats from filibustering.
The letter was signed by Democrats John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Steve Bullock of Montana, Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, John Bel Edwards of Louisiana, Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, and Republicans John Kasich of Ohio, Bill Walker of Alaska, Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Phil Scott of Vermont and Charlie Baker of MA. The governors of Alaska, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Vermont have signed the letter. "In fact, this bill is even worse than the one that thank god Republicans like Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski and John McCain torpedoed over the summer".