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Rep. Cole: GOP Happy to Help on Obamacare Fixes

Wednesday, 04 Dec 2013 04:15 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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The GOP is happy to help the president on Obamacare fixes, Republican House Deputy Majority Whip Tom Cole said Wednesday.

"We are happy to help where we can," Cole told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "People forget we've already given him ideas. And, seven of them have become law."



The seven laws passed by Congress and signed by President Obama saved the country $62 billion, Cole said. When it comes to ideas, he explained it was the president who has been lacking.

"We have been putting ideas on the table. Frankly, the president hasn't put many ideas on the table. This is his legislation. It's not worked well," Cole said.

On Tuesday President Obama launched a campaign to promote the benefits of Obamacare, and encourage people to enroll in the program. During his speech Tuesday, he invited Republicans with ideas to "bring 'em to me," The Los Angeles Times reported.

Cole said there were "200 pieces of Republican-sponsored healthcare legislation" in Congress, and pointed to two in particular as worthy — a bill sponsored by Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price, and another by the Republican Study Committee, that he cosponsors. He said Republicans have many ideas and are "willing to sit down and work with the president."

It's wrong to blame Republicans for problems currently associated with the implementation of Obamacare, Cole maintained. The president is the one accountable for the problems with the law, he said.

"I think this was the president's responsibility. This is his signature legislation. So you can't, sort of, blame the failure on us, when we've been against what's failing from the very outset," he said.

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