Sen. Tom Cotton, a vocal critic of the proposed GOP health care plan, said Sunday he believes one of its biggest problems is a likely inability to bring down insurance premiums for "working Americans."
In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," the Arkansas Republican said the current American Health Care Act "can be improved to some degree," but would only be "about a 70 percent or 80 percent solution."
"The bigger problem with this legislation is on the private insurance market," he said. "I simply think that it's not going to work to bring down premiums for… working Americans around the country. We need to roll up our sleeves and fix those problems rather than trying to rush to some arbitrary deadline. "
Cotton zeroed in on the Medicaid portion of the proposed bill.
"The legislation could provide more flexibility, more discretion to governors and legislatures," he said. "It also ought to include tougher provisions on accountability."
According to Cotton, there's "an interaction between the Medicaid parts of this bill and the private market parts of this bill. "
"Medicaid is a welfare program," he said. "It's primarily designed for the indigent elderly, the disabled, the blind and children. It's not designed for able-bodied adults. We want to get those people off of Medicaid into a job and into market-based insurance. "
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