Rep. Tim Griffin of Arkansas says President Barack Obama is still dodging his request for a meeting to discuss important changes he believes must be made to the Affordable Care Act.
Griffin, a Republican, tells "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV that he and 33 other lawmakers requested the meeting nearly two months ago after Obama first offered a sit-down.
But he says they've gotten no response.
"It's been about 55 days. I hope you’re not holding your breath," Griffin said.
"And not only has the president repeated that invitation, if you will, he repeated it during the State of the Union."
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Griffin and fellow lawmakers made the request in a letter to the White House.
"[We] said, 'hey, we're not going to burn you with 2,000 pages to read through, we're just going to lay out some general principles,' many of which, to be fair … can be implemented regardless of the whole Obamacare disaster," he said.
"For example, expand the use of health savings accounts. Let's have competition across state lines for insurance companies, etc. etc. We laid them out right there and all we want to do is accept his offer to have a conversation."
Griffin said he knows there's no chance of ending the Affordable Care Act while Obama is in office.
"I understand that as long as the president in the White House's last name is Obama that he's not going to repeal, sign a repeal of Obamacare. I'm for repeal, I voted for repeal," he said.
"But these ideas are ideas that we need to discuss regardless that can give people more choice, that can lower cost, that will include quality of care, and all we're doing is saying, you invited us, we're accepting.
"What this shows is it's all talk. It's all talk. I would love to find out whether we can find some common ground with some of the issues."
Griffin says he will continue to issue a press release every day until the president responds.
"Every day until I'm done with my term or we get an acceptance," he said.
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