Tags: Healthcare Reform | david jolly | florida | election | bill young

Jolly: Obamacare Represents Government-Size Debate

Friday, 14 Mar 2014 09:30 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

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:

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

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
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

McCain: Don't Write Off Lindsey Graham's Chances in GOP Primaries

Sunday, 01 Feb 2015 11:30 AM

Sen. John McCain says he was surprised when 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced Friday he won't be seeki . . .

Scott Walker: GOP Needs a 'Name from the Future' in 2016

Sunday, 01 Feb 2015 10:21 AM

Fresh off a first-place finish in a Des Moines Register poll, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sounded ready to pick up the m . . .

Gov. Scott Walker Tops Iowa Poll After Freedom Summit Speech

Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 22:42 PM

A Des Moines Register poll shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at the top of the pack of potential 2016 GOP nominees ahead . . .

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.

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