There is a consensus among Republicans and Democrats alike that Obamacare is not working, Sen. Rob Portman said Tuesday.
However, even had Hillary Clinton been elected president and Democrats controlled the Senate, "we would have to fix the Affordable Care Act."
"The premiums have skyrocketed, and the deductibles, and now we have one insurer in the private market in our state, and many in states it's worse," the Ohio Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program.
"This thing is collapsing of its own weight. The Senate will take a look at the legislation the House sent over and put our own imprint on it. Improving it in certain ways."
In Ohio, Portman said, there is a large concern over the expanded Medicaid population and changes in coverage, especially given the opioid addiction issue.
"Fifty percent of the cost of expanded Medicaid in Ohio is being used simply for substance abuse and mental health treatment," Portman said. "We have to be sure we aren't pulling the rug out from under those folks."
Portman said many senators are looking to allow states more flexibility when designing plans and to come up with creative ways of using managed care to cover people who are not currently covered.
There are also many who are concerned about the matter of preexisting coverage.
"We want to be able to assure our constituents that if a person has an illness that is catastrophic or an illness that is something that would not permit them to get insurance because of the pre-existing condition, they can get coverage," Portman said. "We want to make sure it works. There is discussion about taking the risk pools and changing those a bit and other ideas."
Overall, said Portman, lawmakers can do better when it comes to health care.
"There is no question about it," he said. "Democrats in a private moment and Republicans here on the Senate side all agree with that. This system is not working as intended. It is not covering the number of people [for whom] it was intended."
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