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GOP Strategist Ron Christie: Party Needs ACA Alternative

Friday, 14 Feb 2014 04:42 PM

Veteran Republican strategist Ron Christie is urging GOP lawmakers to push, in a bipartisan way, a "viable alternative" to the Affordable Care Act as soon as possible.

"So many people say, 'Oh, well the Republicans aren't serious about health reform, where is the Republicans' plan?''' Christie told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"The Republicans should talk about areas where there's bipartisan consensus. The ability to purchase insurance across state lines is something is not only very popular but something that would actually bring down the cost of healthcare.

"The ability to be able to pool small businesses together, so that they are able to lower the premiums for their employees."

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However, Christie fears that a precedent of illegaility has been established by President Barack Obama with his continuous tweaking of the Affordable Care Act without the approval of Congress.

"I'm worried about the lawless precedent that this president's actions have really set for us," he said.

"There might be ambiguity that says, well, maybe the president has flexibility to do this or that, but when you have a statute that says on a certain date, this shall happen — and I'm thinking of the employee mandate — [the] president can't unilaterally decide, well … you know what, the heck with that."

Newsmax contributor and national affairs editor for National Review Online John Fund said he believes the Supreme Court will become involved once again in the legality of the Affordable Care Act.

"I believe that when this is revisited by the Supreme Court, it will be a 5-4 vote that will be against Obamacare," Fund said.

"One of the major pillars of Obamacare is going to be knocked down."

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