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Johnson on Healthcare Bill: GOP 'Trying to Jam This Thing Through'

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By    |   Monday, 26 Jun 2017 12:24 PM

Republican leaders in the Senate are attempting to push through the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, but senators need more time to look it over, according to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

"I see what leadership is trying to do. They're trying to jam this thing through. It is far from a perfect bill, but I'm not going to let perfect be the enemy of the good," Johnson said Monday in an interview with Hugh Hewitt.

"Senate leadership doesn't have the information to sell it to the American public," Johnson said.

"All I'm asking is let's give ourselves a few more days, maybe a week or two. Don't jam this thing in three or four days," the senator said.

A vote in the Senate is expected to happen this week, but Johnson said, "We don't need to do this by Thursday."

Johnson is one of four Republican senators who said last week they could not vote in favor of the bill. The other three are Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Mike Lee of Utah, according to The Hill.

"Virtually nothing" of the input from conservatives made it to the recently released version of the bill, Johnson said.

"At least give us an opportunity to work with the White House … But we won't have that time if this thing is jammed."

During the interview, Hewitt said if the bill gets voted down, that would lead to the end of the Republican majority in the House and Senate. "I just beg you, Ron Johnson … do not kill the bill this week," he said.

"I do not want to kill the bill. I want to improve it," Johnson said. 

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