Friday on MSNBC, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) said Republicans plan to first repeal the Affordable Care Act and then work with Democrats to replace it is “insanity” because he said Republicans refused to help Democrats just fix the problems.
Ryan said, “This is a terrible, terrible idea to repeal it. There’s absolutely no reason to do this, to repeal it. Are there issues we need to fix? Yes. So sit down — Republicans should be saying let’s sit down, pick the three, four, five issues that are wrong with the Obamacare that, quite frankly, we didn’t get right and fix them. They’re not doing that. They’re politicizing it and now they’re going to throw 20, 30 million people off the health care. It’s going to affect the opiate and heroin epidemic, it’s going to effect rural hospitals, all of those people are going to be hurt, on and, on and on, millions of kids. Let’s fix the problem. Now, if they throw people off and people lose their health care, then I think we have an obligation to sit down and have a conversation about how we get people back on their health care, which is such — which begs the point, why are you doing this? Why are you throwing people off of their health care? There’s no good reason to do this.”
He added, “They haven’t even been able to pass budgets in the last couple of years. Now they want to repeal healthcare and replace it all within the context of the time frame of a few weeks or a few months. Where’s your plan? They’ve been talking about repealing it now for eight years. They didn’t lift a finger to try to help the president or help Democrats fix some of the problems that were in it. No legislation is perfect. We should be about the business of fixing things. They weren’t around at all to try to help. Now all of a sudden they’re going to repeal it, make the problem worse and then come to the Democrats and say, ‘hey, can you help us put this thing back together?’ I mean it’s insanity.”
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