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Lee Continues Push to Repeal, Then Replace

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By    |   Monday, 03 Jul 2017 01:02 PM

Sen. Mike Lee Monday said he's continuing to push for a simple Obamacare repeal bill that could be passed before moving on to replace the current healthcare law's provisions.

"I've advocated for the last six months pushing a simple repeal bill, something patterned after the 2015 repeal bill," the Utah Republican told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" program. "We could pass that with a delayed implementation provision, then we could figure out what comes next, in a step-by-step process, one that could potentially involve Democrats."

President Donald Trump also has called for repealing, then replacing Obamacare, tweeting to senators last week that they should go that route if they are not able to get enough votes to pass the GOP plan currently on the table.

Lee said he does join concerns that people could be left without healthcare waiting for Congress to approve a healthcare replacement plan, as it's not known if the Senate Republicans' current bill can pass.

However, he said, "the current bill that we've been working with hasn't fared so well either."

The senator commented that he's willing to try to make the bill on the table work, but as it's written now, he's "a no," as the bill "does a whole lot for the insurance industry."

"That bill does a whole lot for the affluent," Lee said."It brings about hundreds of billions of dollars of tax reductions for the affluent. That bill has some provisions for the poor, but it leaves out the forgotten man and the forgotten woman. It needs to do more to help America's middle class, those who elected Donald Trump president."

Lee said he does think that an agreement can be reached, but so far it's been stalled, so at this point, he thinks that it would be a much better process to try a repeal first, as it's what "every Republican who's been campaigning for federal office in the last seven years has promised to do."

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