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Sen. Roy Blunt: Some Dems Will Vote for Healthcare Bill

By    |   Tuesday, 09 May 2017 02:59 PM

Sen. Roy Blunt said Tuesday that some Senate Democrats will vote for the American Health Care Act, unlike their House colleagues.

"One of my Democrat colleagues mentioned last week that he might be part of a repeal and replacement strategy because the old system isn't working," the lawmaker said on Fox News' "Happening Now."

"President [Bill] Clinton … said 'what kind of crazy system is this? The premiums keep going up and the coverage keeps going down.' You can deny that if you want to all the time, but it doesn't make it less true, and part of our job is to explain to the people we work for why it is that the system has to be changed."

Co-anchor Jon Scott pushed Blunt, R-Mo., on what makes him think Democrats in the Senate will support the bill, when many in the GOP are concerned about getting 52 Republicans to vote for it.

"Senator [Jon] Tester said last week he might have to become part of the strategy, because this system isn't working," Blunt replied. "Certainly we would be open to Democrats joining us and also, we shouldn't just past the House bill because the House passed a bill. One of the problems with Obamacare is Senate Democrats passed the bill, House Democrats decided that the only way that bill got on the president's desk if they voted for the Senate-passed bill and all applause didn't have the advantage of this legislative process.

"I think Senator [Mitch] McConnell and hopefully the majority of the Senate is going to work together to be sure that this process works. We know a lot more about healthcare than the country did eight years ago. Hopefully, the changes will reflect how much we know and how important the country now understands these decisions."

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