Donald Trump's likely running mate, Gov. Mike Pence, is facing criticism from Republicans over his acceptance of Obamacare in Indiana.
In May 2014, Pence delivered a speech
to the American Enterprise Institute in Washington slamming Obamacare, repeatedly calling for it to be repealed, and touted his own Healthy Indiana Plan.
"When it comes to the issue of health care, I believe that people in my party need to be 'solutions conservatives,' offering real alternatives to the big-government answers of the liberal establishment," Pence said at the time.
His conservative solution to Obamacare wasn't well-received by some conservatives.
"At the end of the day, Medicaid is a federal program and the feds are calling the shots. You can dress up an entitlement health-care program to look like a private, consumer-driven plan and call it whatever you want, but they are not and never will be the same," wrote John Daniel Davidson, a senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, in The Federalist
"The Pence plan is in fact a straight Medicaid Expansion with a few 'conservative' bells and whistles added," said Dean Clancy
, a conservative domestic policy analyst, also in The Federalist.
"Two camps are emerging among GOP governors: those who oppose the Obamacare expansion, and those who pretend to. Pence has now officially joined the pretender camp."
The White House, however, offered praise for Pence's work on Medicaid on Thursday.
"I know Gov. Pence has done some important work to expand Medicaid in his state," Josh Earnest, a White House spokesman, told the Washington Examiner.
"But I will leave it to the candidates to decide who would best complement their skills."
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