Doug Jones Supports Obamacare: ‘We’ve Got to Quit Playing Political Football with Our Health Care’

BIRMINGHAM, AL - NOVEMBER 18: Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Jones speaks at a fish fry campaign event at Ensley Park, November 18, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama. Jones has moved ahead in the polls of his Republican opponent Roy Moore, whose campaign has been rocked by multiple allegations of …
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Alabama Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones argued at a rally over the past weekend that “We’ve got to quit playing political football” over whether to repeal Obamacare. Jones’ Republican competitor Judge Roy Moore said that he will “vote to repeal Obamacare.”

Jones charged at a local Alabama rally, “We’ve got to quit playing political football with our health care… But we can only do it if we work together to find common ground.”

He added that repealing and replacing Obamacare is just a slogan and does not serve as a viable option to solving America’s healthcare problems.

Jones said, “Repeal and replace is a political slogan. It’s not something that’s workable.”

The Alabama Democratic candidate said that the Affordable Care Act was always meant to serve as a work in progress.

Roy Moore campaign chairman Bill Armistead said in a press release that Moore “wants to make sure that the federal government is getting out of the healthcare business entirely.”

Jones suggested in a recent campaign ad, “If it’s broken, fix it. Health care, it’s broken. You know it and I know it. But Roy Moore’s grandstanding and extreme views will do nothing to fix it and his policies will take us back to the past.”

Meanwhile, a recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) study revealed that in 2018 an overwhelming amount of Alabama counties will only have one health insurer on the state Obamacare exchange. Across the nation, more than half of American counties (1,565 counties) will only have health insurer available on their state Obamacare exchange, which will render more than two million Americans without a choice for their individual health insurance.

The Roy Moore campaign has continued to label Doug Jones a “proud supporter of Obamacare.”

The Moore campaign concluded, “Doug Jones has made it clear that he will continue to fight President Trump in his effort to repeal Obamacare. Judge Moore has been clear about Obamacare. He doesn’t believe that the government belongs in the health care business and will vote to repeal Obamacare.”