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Mark Sanford: Too Difficult to Repeal, Then Replace ACA

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By    |   Friday, 30 Jun 2017 03:13 PM

President Donald Trump's call to repeal Obamacare and then replace it at a later date sounds at first glance like it has "some level of political currency," but realistically, it would be difficult to pull off, Rep. Mark Sanford said Friday.

"I happen to be partial to repeal and replace," the South Carolina Republican told CNN's John Berman and Poppy Harlow. "[Trump's tweet] sounds like it has some level of political currency because multiple times members of the House, Senate, the Republican side voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act."

However, politically, "it's a lot harder to take something away than it is to add," Sanford said. "Fundamentally, you are back to the same conundrum. What are you going to do with pre-existing conditions?"

According to the Congressional Budget Office, if Obamacare were to be immediately repealed without a replacement plan, 18 million Americans would be left without health insurance, but even with a plan to replace the law, "you are looking at similar numbers," Sanford agreed.

"I think some of those [numbers] are slightly inflated," he continued. "If you have a plan that offers less than what the current plan offers in the way of essential benefits, it's counted as not having coverage. We could dispute those numbers. The point, to say in either case, there is absolutely an adjustment period, but I don't know that it's that much as with the replacement plan."

There was initially a vote planned on the Senate Republican plan, but that idea was pushed back because several GOP lawmakers still opposed the healthcare measure. Sanford said eventually, Democratic votes will be needed to get the bill approved.

"The idea of reconciliation where you can do it essentially with just Republican votes, I think those waters have been exhausted," Sanford said, explaining that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, when she was the House speaker, was able to push the ACA through with a partisan vote, but Republicans shouldn't do that.

"Both extremes have minuses that go with them," he said. "Approach it in a bipartisan way and come up with a plan that works."

Sanford also commented on the controversial tweets Trump posted attacking MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski, saying Trump should "put the Twitter away."

"It is damaging his presidency," said Sanford. "The fact that we are talking about it right now rather than the merits of what might come next on healthcare goes to the heart of how he is hurting himself with these different 140 character rants on Twitter."

The tweets are also damaging to the United States, said Sanford.

"The president of the United States is not only president of the United States, he is, in essence, the rest of the world on a host of different matters," said Sanford. "I have friends around the world and I suspect you have the same. They email you and say what in the world is going on over there?"

It does, he continued, damage credibility when it sounds like a "seventh or eighth grade back-and-forth between different folks ... we have a problem with the dumbing down of civility in the public forum. It will hurt all of us if we don't get this right."

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President Donald Trump's call to repeal Obamacare and then replace it at a later date sounds at first glance like it has "some level of political currency," but realistically, it would be difficult to pull off, Rep. Mark Sanford said Friday.
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