Conservative Pundit Has Heard Enough Obamacare Complaints - Tells Republicans To "Start Fixing It"

Instead of continuing their efforts to repeal Obamacare, congressional Republicans should repair the system’s defects, according to Michael Reagan.

The conservative commentator told Newsmax TV on Wednesday that the Senate’s failure to pass legislation replacing the Affordable Care Act means the 2010 law is destined to remain in effect. “They can’t repeal all of it. They can only repeal parts of it because of the rules of the Senate and what have you,” Reagan said. “So what they need to do is find a way to start fixing it. Find areas of agreement. What about (Health Savings Accounts)? What about selling insurance across state lines? What about tort reform? There’s a thousand things that people agree on. Find the ones they agree on, write that bill, send it to the president. … Start fixing Obamacare and quit bitching about Obamacare.”

The political talk-show host, one of former President Reagan’s sons, called on GOP lawmakers to work with Democrats to find solutions. “You tackle the things you agree on,” he explained. “The president needs to start passing legislation sent to him that is bipartisan, that people agree on. And there’s many people in Congress, Democrats or Republicans, who agree on selling insurance across state lines, who agree on tort reform and other issues. Find those areas and begin to get the yeses. Remember, this president said, ‘We’re going to win so much you’re going to get tired of winning.’ Well, America’s waiting.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded Monday that he did not have enough support to bring a Republican-sponsored health-care bill to a floor vote. Four GOP senators had announced they would oppose the measure, the Senate’s version of the House-passed American Health Care Act that would have replaced Obamacare. According to one study, about 32 million people would lose access to affordable health insurance if Congress repealed the law.

Reuters reported that on Wednesday, President Trump met with 49 of the 52 Republican senators at the White House. That night, the lawmakers sat down with Tom Price, secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, to discuss how to move forward on health care. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, acknowledged that “we still have some issues that divide us.” Few other senators were willing to speak to reporters about their meeting with the president. Sen. John Kennedy expressed doubt that the White House and GOP congressional leaders will come together on a plan.

The Republicans have at least temporarily lost one of their anti-Obamacare stalwarts due to Arizona Sen. John McCain having been diagnosed with brain cancer. “Obviously, I think more people are worried about his health than thinking about the math,” said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. “You understand the math. Obviously, it makes things difficult.”

Trump faced criticism from Democrats earlier this week, when he vowed to “let Obamacare fail” rather than take steps to preserve the system. On Wednesday, the president adopted a different position. He called on the Senate to stay in session next month instead of taking a scheduled recess. “We can repeal, but we should repeal and replace, and we shouldn’t leave town until this is complete,” Trump told the Republican senators.

Source: Newsmax, Reuters
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