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Sen. Sherrod Brown: McConnell Will Eventually Listen to Dems on Healthcare

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By    |   Wednesday, 26 Jul 2017 02:50 PM

Senate Democrats are continuing to ask Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to work through Obamacare reform legislation through bipartisan cooperation, as there is "no desire" in the United States for complete repeal of the healthcare act, Sen. Sherrod Brown said Wednesday.

"[There is] only 15 percent, 20 percent support for repeal of the Affordable Care Act," the Ohio Democrat told CNN's "New Day" program. 

"Every version of this was written in [McConnell's] office by the drug company, insurance company lobbyists, Wall Street lobbyists. It has huge tax breaks for the insurance and drug companies."

Brown said he stands with his state's Gov. John Kasich in opposing taking insurance away from millions of people in order to give a tax cut to special interest groups.

"Instead, you sit down, as Sen. [John] McCain said yesterday, we should sit down and work out relatively minor changes to the Affordable Care Act to work to make it better," said the senator.

McConnell's response, though, it to continue to invite in just a small number of GOP senators, along with drug company and insurance company lobbyists to "try to jam a bill through that the public doesn't want, but his big contributors want, the people who fund the Republican Party," said Brown.

The senator said he does believe McConnell will start to listen to the American public, and to sit down with Democrats for discussions.

"We know what we need to to do," said Brown "You find ways to bring in young, healthy Americans into the insurance pool. You stabilize the insurance markets. You go after the high cost of prescription drugs. We ought to consider doing what we almost did 10 years ago, allowing Medicare 55 to 64-year-olds."

Any of those measures should be what's talked about, said Brown, "not ripping insurance from 20 millions Americans."

Further, if the uncertainty continues about healthcare, that will affect the markets and insurance prices will continue to rise, said Brown.

"There are 200,000 people in Ohio getting opioid treatment who are getting treatment because of the Affordable Care Act," said Brown.

"I talked to a father in Cincinnati who said his daughter would be dead if it wasn't for that. People are alarmed and scared about what Republicans are going to do to their health insurance."

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