Allowing Medicaid for all, as Sen. Kamala Harris has said she backs as part of her 2020 presidential campaign, would be a mistake that would be too expensive to afford, Sen. Marsha Blackburn said Wednesday.
"I'm telling you, just don't do it," the Tennessee Republican said on Fox News' "America's Newsroom."
"That should be the reaction, because it is too expensive to afford, at $32.6 trillion over a decade."
Further, said Blackburn, the $700 billion that was taken out of Medicare to back up Obamacare should be replaced.
"Rural hospitals are closing," said Blackburn. "We don't need more government-run healthcare."
Many of the proposals being pushed in the Democrat-controlled House are extreme, said Blackburn.
Blackburn also commented on the ongoing border debate, saying that it is up to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to keep her word and negotiate after President Donald Trump signed to put the government shutdown on hold.
"You have had every president from 1992 forward have money for border security and for a border barrier, and now they're trying to take that away from the Border Patrol because they don't like Donald Trump," the senator said.
"The Border Patrol says they need three things, a barrier, technology, and more boots on the ground. And they can go out here and say we're for border security all day long. If you aren't for all three of those that the Border Patrol says they have to have, then you are not for border security."
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