WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Rumblings on Capitol Hill continue over just how to repeal, and replace, the Affordable Care Act. Democrats say the G-O-P doesn’t have a plan. Republicans say they will in due time.
Senator Peters (D-MI) says he is willing to consider Republican 'Obamacare' replacement plans if they move health care in a positive direction.
“’Obamacare’ sucks,” said Senator John Kennedy (R-LA).
Kennedy saying how he really feels. But can the Republican Party unite to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, and put something in its place?
“ We got nowhere to go but up, and if we do our job right this time, we’re going to do it in a way that the patient’s put first, not the federal government,” said Kennedy.
Republicans have introduced multiple replacement plans, but they have not moved far. President Donald Trump said Friday that “Obamacare” repeal is moving fast.
“I don’t sense any bickering amongst the Republicans or any of that,” said Kennedy. “I sense very robust debate about what ought to be in the replacement plan, but I think that’s a good thing not a bad thing.”
What Kennedy calls healthy, robust debate, some call an inability of the GOP to unify. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) says gearing up to repeal the law without a ready replacement is just irresponsible.
“I think a lot of my Republican colleagues are feeling uncomfortable about trying to repeal something when they know they don’t know exactly how they would replace it,” said Peters.
He says his main concern is folks in Michigan losing coverage with no replacement safety net in sight. He says he is willing to listen to Republicans, but will not stand for taking a step backward.
“Whatever the new plans are going forward, we should keep in place and try to expand and have even more folks that have coverage,” said Peters. “If we can do this and make it better and stronger, I’m all for that.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) indicated Thursday that House Republicans will introduce a repeal and replacement bill following next week’s recess.