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Sen. Manchin: Now Is Time for Bipartisan Work on Fixing Healthcare

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By    |   Tuesday, 18 Jul 2017 02:33 PM

After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded that the Republicans will not be able to immediately repeal and replace Obamacare, Sen. Joe Manchin told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" on Tuesday that this is a perfect opportunity for both parties to work together on a healthcare deal.

The West Virginia Democrat said that he is one of 11 former governors serving in the Senate who are uniquely qualified to come to a deal on healthcare, because when they were on the National Governors Association, "We didn't look at each other as Democrats and Republicans. We looked at each other as executives."

Manchin emphasized to MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that the former governors "had to work across aisles to come together . . . We can sit down. We understand the challenges of compromise. And we understand the challenges the states are having. I think we could find a pathway forward if there is one."

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Manchin added that a major mistake the Republicans made was not even reaching out to Democrats, emphasizing that "sooner or later we have to work together, but if you don't even bring us into the conversation . . . we're not going to be able to help you solve it."

The GOP's new plan is to vote to immediately repeal Obamacare, but that the decision's implementation would be delayed two years while they worked on a new package.

But Machin said if Republicans decide to repeal Obamacare and have nothing to replace it with, "That would be disastrous [for West Virginia]."

"Every demographic gets hit from the old to the young to the poor to the people with pre-existing conditions, opiate addiction. It goes on and on. Hospitals start tumbling. Community health cares are in serious financial trouble whether they stay open or not."

Manchin stressed that "The only thing I would like to say to President Trump is that in West Virginia he won overwhelmingly, and that wasn't Republicans. That was Democratic votes. That was independents. That was people that were upset with the system thinking the previous administration left them behind," illustrating that with good intent he could get cooperation.

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After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded that the Republicans will not be able to immediately repeal and replace Obamacare, Sen. Joe Manchin told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" on Tuesday that this is a perfect opportunity for both parties to work together on a...
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