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Donald Trump to Tom Price: Get the health care votes or ‘you’re fired’

The upcoming Senate Republican effort to repeal Obamacare moved to West Virginia and a gathering of Boy Scouts. From the Associated Press:

Among the holdouts is Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, a state with a greater share of its population covered by Medicaid than any other. Trump traveled there Monday evening for a rally at the National Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of America.


“Many West Virginians have benefited from our state’s decision to expand Medicaid,” Capito wrote in her weekly newsletter ahead of the visit. “I am committed to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a health care system that provides access to affordable care to West Virginians … After meeting with President Trump this week, he assured me we are on the same page.”


During his remarks in West Virginia, Trump told his Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, “You’d better get Sen. Capito to vote for it.”


Otherwise, Trump joked, if Price doesn’t produce the needed Senate votes, “You’re fired!”

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