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Sen. Johnson: GOP Not in 'Total Agreement' on ACA Replacement

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By    |   Thursday, 12 Jan 2017 02:33 PM

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson on Thursday said he espouses taking a "step-by-step process" to repeal and replace Obamacare, but that "other people have different ideas."

"I will freely admit that Republicans in the House and Senate don't have total agreement on exactly what that thing is going to be," the newly reelected Republican told CNN's "New Day" morning show.

Senate Republicans passed a measure early Thursday to start the repeal process despite not having a replacement plan just yet.

"I've been saying for quite some time our first step really needs to start repairing the damage," Johnson said. "So this is the first step. But then what we need to do is concentrate on the elements, start repairing the damage done. It's been a real mess."

Though Republicans have yet to coalesce around a unified replacement plan, Johnson said the elements are common:

  • Free market reforms.
  • Patient centered.
  • Giving decision-making power back to the individual.
  • Giving decision-making power back to the states "in terms of regulatory environment."

But the process is where plans start to diverge, Johnson said.

"You're going to see a step-by-step approach targeting the individual damage of the individual reforms, and we'll put in replacements for each individual one of those problems," Johnson told "New Day."

"But anyway, that would be my approach. Other people have different ideas," Johnson said. "But my approach would be kind of a step-by-step process. First thing is end the national definition of health care."

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