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Rep. Brooks: Chances Senate Will Pass Health Bill 'Not Very Good'

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By    |   Monday, 10 Jul 2017 01:49 PM

The chances are not very good that the Senate will pass a healthcare reform bill this summer, Rep. Mo Brooks told CNN's "New Day" on Monday.

The Alabama representative made clear, however, that current criticisms of the Senate plan are not entirely relevant, because "I'd be extraordinarily surprised … if that's the bill that actually comes out of the Senate. So really we're talking about a healthcare bill we don't know about yet because the Senate has not yet drafted it."

Although he had his doubts about the Senate's ability to pass the legislation, Brooks acknowledged that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "has been able to pull a rabbit out of a hat on occasion and perhaps he can force some sort of a compromise in the United States Senate on this particular healthcare bill."

When asked about the deficiencies in the current plan and the fact that some people would be worse off than they are now, Brooks emphasized that "I would love for every American to have a perfect health-care system where we can deliver perfect care every time someone is ill, but we don't have enough money… There are a lot of struggling American families out there working for a living who are otherwise self-sufficient, right on the edge of having to go on welfare because of all the tax burdens that they're facing … and with Medicaid, we're already forcefully taking $350 billion a year, more than that, from hard working American families to help those who are not able to or for whatever reason don't pay for their healthcare."

Brooks also defended the tax cut going to the wealthy, saying that "those folks who have the money are the ones that create the jobs that employ us…. We can take money from the people who have been successful in America, but every time we do so they have less money to invest.

"In a free enterprise economy, it's that wealth that creates the businesses that creates the jobs for our blue collar and middle class workforce. It's all interrelated and it's a tough balance to achieve as evidenced by the Senate having such a difficult time."

When pressed about many of his own constituents who need the Medicaid money in order to be covered for healthcare, Brooks conceded that "There are those people that are in that category, but there's also another set of people who have seen their health insurance rates triple, up 223 percent over the last four years on the individual markets and exchanges. And the people who are having to pay those bills, they're screaming to high heaven because they can't afford it."

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