Jolly: Obamacare Represents Government-Size Debate

Friday, 14 Mar 2014 09:30 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The newest member of Congress, Rep. David Jolly, said the message for Republicans from Florida's special election Tuesday centers on the debate over big government versus small government, with Obamacare simply a manifestation of the issue.

"This is a big government-small government debate . . . Obamacare is simply a manifestation of that," the Florida Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday. "I would say for Republicans, you know, that is an important lesson to hold onto."

Jolly beat Democratic opponent Alex Sink in a special election to replace the late Bill Young.

Story continues below video.



Republicans and Democrats alike watched the race closely for possible implications heading into November's midterm elections.

Obamacare illustrated what people viewed as "big government in their lives," Jolly maintained. He said the message resonated among voters, but also suggested Republicans couldn't "just be the party of 'No.'"

Jolly pledged to find ways to work with Democrats and President Barack Obama on issues "where we can find areas of agreement," but said he wouldn't alter his core beliefs to accomplish that.

"I, obviously, bring some pretty core convictions. And, I need to stay true to those convictions," he said.

While Democrats often took a "keep what is working and fix what is broken" approach on Obamacare, Jolly said they didn't talk specifics about solutions. He said Democrats, when challenged, "don't want to talk about what is really broken."

Jolly's suggestion for working to restructure Obamacare focused on finding a "true less government solution." Specifically, he outlined a term health insurance plan similar to the concept of term life insurance.

"Let's talk about less government, allowing somebody to purchase a policy, and portable across state lines. Reduce regulations on employers, and let them simply reimburse it," he said.

Voters looked at Obamacare as an issue where "Washington can do better," Jolly explained. He said lawmakers "really messed up, and they are not owning up to it."

Related Stories:



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Breitbart: Govt Report Says Congress Can 'Defund' Amnesty

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 12:05 PM

Breitbart News reports that the Congressional Research Service , a nonpartisan branch of the Library of Congress , concl . . .

Early Casualty of Obama Amnesty: Tax Breaks for Working Americans

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 08:54 AM

Behind-the-scenes bargaining between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and GOP Rep. Dave Camp on a bundle of about-to-ex . . .

Senate Dems Ever More at Odds With Obama, WH Policies

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 07:47 AM

Criticism of President Obama's signature healthcare law by a top Senate Democrat this week laid bare post-election tensi . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved