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Hoyer: Republicans Still 'Haven't Found' Solution for Healthcare


By    |   Wednesday, 03 May 2017 02:51 PM

Republicans have been talking for years about repealing Obamacare, but they still don't have a solution, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said Wednesday.

"The problem they have been trying to do since the election is to try to find a solution to what they have been talking about for six years, and they haven't found it," the Maryland Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "In fact, they made the bill worse."

As a result, Hoyer continued, millions of Americans are thinking about what it will mean to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

"I think Jimmy Kimmel just captured the personal consequences of repeal," he said, referring to Kimmel's emotional comments concerning his newborn son's heart condition and surgery earlier this week.

Hoyer further said he does not know if Republicans will eventually come together on their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Vice President Mike Pence has an office near his, Hoyer said, and he has noticed several GOP House members "parading into the office, I'm sure being coaxed, trying to be convinced that the bill this they have put forward is a good bill, but I don't think they are there. I'm not sure they are going to get there."

He also referred to Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) who has said Obamacare's pre-existing conditions rules are being undermined by the healthcare reform push.

Long, a conservative Republican, had opposed the GOP repeal and replace measure until Wednesday, when he and Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) changed their minds after a meeting with President Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, Hoyer said he believes the affordable Care Act will come out "largely whole."

"We have said all along, look, the Affordable Care Act is not a perfect piece of legislation that cannot be improved," Hoyer said. "We have a problem certainly in the individual market, which is about 6 percent. Premiums are too high. There are other instances where there are not enough options available to people."

Lawmakers should be working in a constructive, cooperative way, "frankly like we're going to do today on the appropriations process," Hoyer said. "That's not what the Republicans have been doing. Hopefully we will go to that place."

Hoyer said there have been no Republicans talking to him specifically about having a public option when it comes to health care, but a number told him privately that they believe the GOP needs to address repairing the Affordable Care Act and "fixing those items where it's not working as well as we want it to work, and keeping those items, which as pre-existing conditions we want . . . I think there are a number of Republicans who understand 'look, let's fix this thing.'"

Hoyer also discussed the spending bill reached on Tuesday, saying neither Democrats or Republicans won, but rather it was "the process."

"Congress performed as it should," Hoyer said. "We had a meeting of the leadership and appropriators that came to an agreement. Obviously as you well know in the legislative process, you win some, lose some. Everybody didn't get everything they wanted. That doesn't happen"

Instead, he said, the "American people won, Congress won, the process won. We didn't have chaos.That was a good win."

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