Many lawmakers are discussing repairing Obamacare rather than replacing it, but Sen. Ron Johnson said Friday he's not so sure the controversial healthcare reform law itself can be fixed.
"When I talk about repair, I'm talking about repairing all the damage done by Obamacare," the Wisconsin Republican told CNN's "New Day" anchor Chris Cuomo. "Obamacare created this enormous mess and I'm trying to fix the big mess. I don't think Obamacare is fixable, quite honestly."
The reality is that lawmakers "only have so much power to repeal and replace" Obamacare, continued the senator.
Many of the additional people who now have insurance are covered under Medicaid, Johnson continued, but under normal economic growth, "millions of Americans would have gotten additional healthcare coverage."
Obamacare, though, as caused premiums to double and triple in Wisconsin, Johnson continued, and now people can't afford to buy coverage.
"As premiums have skyrocketed a lot of people being subsidized in terms of the insurance by the American taxpayer can't use the insurance because the deductibles are so high," said Johnson.
"There's been a lot of harm done . . . We didn't have to remake the insurance markets. We didn't have to create this mess and cause it to skyrocket. There was a lot simpler way of doing it. The Affordable Care Act didn't protect patients. We're trying to repair that damage and fix that mess."
Johnson also discussed the policy talk from the Trump administration concerning Iran, denying the latest statements putting the Middle Eastern country on notice constitute a reset.
"We are starting to address the will from a position of strength and resolve," said Johnson. "That's what is required, peace through strength and not peace through withdrawal as President [Barack] Obama implemented.
"So it's first about becoming economically strong so we can make our military strong, actually have a commitment to defeating ISIS and securing our border. This is a position of strength and that's what President [Donald] Trump is conveying right now."
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