Newsday columnist Ellis Henican mixed it up with former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan Tuesday as they discussed the revelation that the government is now enrolling prison inmates in the Affordable Care Act.
"They're trying to get the numbers up. It's unbelievable to what extent they'll [go] to sign up people for Obamacare," Hoekstra said on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"I don't understand why you guys have a problem with this. First of all, we do want people to get healthcare, otherwise they're going to be on Medicaid," Henican countered.
"I know you all hate Medicaid so you don't want that to happen. Don't you want healthcare? Isn't that part of what we need to be doing in this country?"
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Hoekstra said the government had "inflated estimates" of what the Affordable Care Act was supposed to do and how it would improve the overall quality of healthcare.
"They're now going to any extent – rather than trying to actually fix the program and get it to meet its original goals and satisfy the needs of people that they're targeting. They'll do anything now just to meet a number," Hoekstra said.
"Do me a favor, Pete," Henican shot back. "Tell some of your friends in the House, I know you've still got a lot of Republican friends in the House, tell them to quit wasting their time with all of this ideological sticking their fingers in their ears.
"Get together and let's get some actual compromise going on here."
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