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Ed Klein: GOP Has 'Disaster' With Healthcare Fiasco

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Tuesday, 18 Jul 2017 03:53 PM

Republicans are squarely in a political nightmare with their latest failed attempt to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, veteran journalist and best-selling author Edward Klein told Newsmax TV.

"It's my view that the Republicans – you can't sugar coat this – have a disaster on their hands," Klein told host Miranda Khan on Tuesday's "America Talks Live." "They promised for seven or eight years that they were going to repeal and replace Obamacare and they can't get their act together.

"Are the Democrats partially to blame for this? Of course they are because everything the Democrats have said is no, no, no to whatever the Republicans have proposed. But the Republicans are in the majority of the Senate, and they couldn't get their act together."

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And as a result, the GOP now faces a public-relations horror when lawmakers return to their home states, said Klein, who then added all may not be lost.

"There is a possible silver lining to this . . . the next item on the agenda is going to be tax reform," Klein told Khan. "And on tax reform, the moderates, and the conservatives, and the Republican Party are generally of one mind, which is that they want tax reform.

"That's a Republican plank going back to Wendell Willkie in the 1930s. I think there's a good chance that they may try to save their skin by passing tax reform. In my view that's a very, very big deal because if they do pass tax reform finally, we may see this economy start to gain some momentum."

Earlier in the day, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said announced Republicans once again lacked the votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act – President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law – without a replacement. He acknowledged any future effort would require input from Democrats.

"Sometime in the near future, we'll have a vote on repealing Obamacare, essentially the same vote that we had in 2015," McConnell told reporters. "In that proposal, there's a two-year delay, which would give us the opportunity to work out a complete replacement on a bipartisan basis with our Democratic friends."

Klein said he agrees with President Trump's view: just let the Affordable Care Act collapse on its own and then come in and rescue healthcare.

"You don't have to do anything," Klein said. "It's going to collapse on its own weight and then, in Trump's view, the Democrats will be forced – he says and maybe he's right – to compromise with the Republicans and do something to save the healthcare system in the United States.

"I am suggesting that if Obamacare collapses, as everyone predicts it will, there is going to have to be some emergency legislation to get through the Congress to prevent millions of people from not having health insurance."

Klein is the author of "Guilty as Sin: Uncovering New Evidence of Corruption and How Hillary Clinton and the Democrats Derailed the FBI Investigation," published by Regnery.

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