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Vermont governor, congressional delegation talk Medicaid

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Health care is in the forefront of discussions at the national level and it was also the focus Monday in Montpelier.

Monday morning, Gov. Phil Scott, Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch met to talk about the importance of affordable health care. Chief among that was how crucial Medicaid is to the state of Vermont and also efforts on Capitol Hill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

"I think it's immoral in the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth to pass something to fit a bumper slogan it is wrong and I will not vote for it," said Leahy, D-Vermont.

"This is the most dangerous and distractive piece of legislation ever brought before the United States Senate in the modern history of this country," said Sanders, I-Vermont.

"We've got a Republican Congress that committed to repeal, we got a Republican Senate that's committed to repeal, we've got a Republican president who is committed to God knows what and it's a bad situation," said Welch, D-Vermont.

"Proposed reductions and Medicaid would leave our state with a budget deficit we could not absorb without cutting health care services for the people who deserve the most or significantly raise taxes on already overtaxed Vermonters," said Scott, R-Vermont.

State officials have said potential changes to the Medicaid program could hurt Vermont.

The Congressional Budget Office was supposed to release its analysis of the new Senate health care plan Monday but that was postponed.

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