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McCaskill: Congress Should Be 'Stabilizing and Fixing' ACA Problems

(MSNBC's "Morning Joe")

By    |   Tuesday, 19 September 2017 01:11 PM

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said Tuesday that Congress needs to address the "problems" with the Affordable Care Act "right now," on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

When asked if she thought that "at the end of the day," Obamacare will remain despite Republicans' efforts to repeal it, the senator said, "Well, it shouldn't be left standing as it is."

She added, "We need to repair it; we need to make it stronger," McCaskill responded. "There are a lot of things — and, by the way, [Sen.] Lamar Alexander [R-Tenn.] began the day after [Sen.] John McCain [R-Ariz.] voted no. He and [Sen.] Patty Murray [D-Wash.] were already working on hearings and finding a way forward to stabilize the individual markets."

"That's what we should be doing right now. In addition to reauthorizing the children's insurance program, we should be stabilizing and fixing the problems with the Affordable Care Act," she said.

On Sept. 13, McCaskill retweeted Andy Slavitt, who ran ACA, Medicare and Medicaid under President Barack Obama, who tweeted a "summary of the Graham-Cassidy repeal" bill, saying "yes, it's that bad."

However, McCaskill doesn't support the bill making waves in her own party from Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who proposed "Medicare for all."

"I don't think a bill that would force every American to give up their private health insurance in favor of a system that would be hugely expensive and have grave consequences for our national debt makes sense right now," she said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said Tuesday that Congress needs to address the "problems" with the Affordable Care Act "right now," on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
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