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Rep. Mark Meadows: Dems Have Resisted Obamacare Changes

MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

By    |   Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 12:33 PM

Democrats prevented Republicans from making changes to Obamacare, according to Rep. Mark Meadows during his interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Thursday.

"We have been asking the Democrats to do that for a very long time, and quite frankly, until now, they haven't even shown a willingness — and even, talking to some of my Democrat colleagues over the last week, there still is not a willingness — to try to do that," Meadows said.

"There's no one who has reached out to the Democrats more than I have," he added.

The price of premiums is a top priority for Meadows, the House Freedom Caucus chairman said. "I think most people, when they judge our plan, our replacement plan, they are going to open up their insurance bill and say, 'Did it go down?' If it did, we will have succeeded. If it doesn't, they will have judged it as a failure."

"I'm not going to take one program that is not working well and replace it with another one that potentially won't work well," the congressman said.

A smooth transition between Obamacare and any new plan is also a key point, Meadows said. "I'm not going to vote for anything that doesn't have that, to make sure that we don't leave them in the lurch," referring to those that now have coverage under Obamacare."One of the things that we are looking at is either a two- or three-year transition," he added.

"Our bad planning on Capitol Hill shouldn't create a crisis for patients and others," he said.

"I think the next week is critical" to work on the bill, Meadows said. "Are we assuming that what we have today is the very best? I can tell you, not only is it not the best, but we can do much better. And that's why they have to invest the time now to make sure that we do that."

Meadows has been critical of the Obamacare replacement. On March 10, he said that Republican House leaders should not expect conservatives to go with their version without question. "That would be a faulty assumption," he said, according to Politico.

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