- Associated Press - Thursday, May 4, 2017

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is criticizing fellow Republicans in the U.S. House for approving a health care bill he says “would significantly reduce critical funds for the commonwealth’s health care system.”

With Thursday’s vote, House Republicans moved closer to dismantling former President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care overhaul.

Baker said he’ll continue to urge Congress to reject the bill in its current form as it moves to the Senate. He said maintaining flexibility through the Medicaid program is critical to the state’s ability to provide coverage for the needy.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she’ll “fight my heart out to stop this monstrosity.”

Baker had said an earlier version of the bill which failed would have cost Massachusetts at least $1.5 billion in annual federal payments within five years.

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