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White House tries to sell health bill to wary governors

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Trump administration is struggling to get support from skeptical U.S. governors for a revised health care bill awaiting action in the U.S. Senate. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma made their pitches Saturday during a closed-door meeting of the bipartisan National Governors Association. “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 (Congressional Budget Office), what I’m hearing from back home,” Sandoval said after the governors-only meeting. With two GOP senators already opposed to the legislation, one more “no” vote would kill the bill outright in a Senate divided 52-48 between Republicans and Democrats. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, said the mood at the Saturday meeting was “tense” and that “there are a lot of Republican governors who apparently have a neck problem, because they were all looking down.”

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