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Rep. Joe Kennedy III: Trump Wants To 'Sabotage' Obamacare

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By    |   Friday, 28 Jul 2017 12:49 PM

President Donald Trump wants to make Obamacare fail, and he's "rooting for people to get hurt and for our economy to tank," Rep. Joe Kennedy III said Friday.

"The president tweeted this morning he was going to try to make the law fail," the Massachusetts Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "That means he's rooting for people to get hurt and for our economy to tank. That's stunning comments from the president of the United States."

In his tweet, Trump said that with Senate Republicans being unable to push through a "skinny repeal" bill, it is time to allow Obamacare to "implode."

Kennedy conceded that there are places where Obamacare needs to be fixed, and to make sure that everybody in the United States has access to quality, affordable healthcare plans.

That includes strengthening the individual market, Kennedy said. Premiums are forecast to rise, but much of that is because of the uncertainty going on in Congress and what the Trump administration plans to do to strengthen the healthcare system.

Lawmakers also need to "dive into" other challenges, Kennedy said, such as prescription drug charges. Further, "a huge priority has to be a mental and behavioral health overhaul. It's filling our criminal justice program, and when we're suffering from an opioid epidemic, locking people up isn't how you solve the issue."

But first, that means making sure the Trump administration doesn't "sabotage" the ACA, Kennedy said.

There remains the issue of Medicaid expansion, and the lack of competition between insurers.

"On Medicaid reimbursement rates, there's not a lot of doctors who get rich off Medicaid," Kennedy said. "One of the challenges is the reimbursement rates are so low that patients can't find a provider to deliver healthcare. If you're looking to try to save dollars here, it actually means flushing out a continuum of care. That's the case on mental and behavioral health."

There is also a small percentage of the population that's the highest cost drivers to the system, said Kennedy, and focus needs placed on them.

"I would point out that in the long run, it's doubling down on what the Affordable Care Act . . . we need to flush it out and fund it. If you do that, you'll get the savings that I think all of us know are in that system and in the midst of the transition at the moment," said Kennedy.

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