Dem senator blasts 'evil in the epidemic rate of lying' on GOP health bill

Dem senator blasts 'evil in the epidemic rate of lying' on GOP health bill

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOvernight Defense: 1,500 troops heading to Mideast to counter Iran | Trump cites Iran tensions to push through Saudi arms sale | Senate confirms Army, Navy chiefs before weeklong recess Senators say Trump using loophole to push through Saudi arms sale Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE (D-Conn.) tore into Vice President Pence on Saturday for Pence’s recent statements on the Senate Republican plan to repeal ObamaCare.

“I'm going to say it - there is real evil in the epidemic rate of lying that is going on right now,” Murphy tweeted in response to a video of Pence speaking about the bill.

“This is not normal," Murphy added.


In the video, Pence heaps praise on the GOP healthcare bill, saying it “not only expands state flexibility [on Medicaid], it ensures that every state in America has the resources you need to take care of your most vulnerable.”

“Let me be clear: President Trump and I believe the Senate healthcare bill strengthens and secures Medicaid for the neediest in our society,” Pence said.

Murphy’s comments come after Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s (R) office rejected Pence’s claim that 60,000 disabled Ohioans are on waiting lists for Medicaid’s home and community-based services.

Kasich’s spokesperson called Pence’s claim “not accurate” and said that suggesting Medicaid expansion hurt the developmentally disabled system “is false, as it is just the opposite of what actually happened.” A Pence spokesman defended the vice president's comments.

A report presented to the National Governors Association on Friday estimates that at least eight states will see federal funding for Medicaid programs slashed by 35 percent or more if the GOP healthcare bill passes, and other states will face cuts of 27 percent or more.