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Ron Johnson: Repeal and Replace, 'Alive and Well,' Just Need More Time

Ron Johnson: Repeal and Replace, 'Alive and Well,' Just Need More Time

By    |   Sunday, 08 October 2017 11:39 AM

The Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare is “alive and well,” Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., declared Sunday.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Johnson, who supported the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, denied the effort at passage collapsed.

"Just ran out of time," he said. "I wouldn't say collapsed, I think it's still alive and well but we need more time.”

Johnson said he’s not concerned that President Donald Trump reached out to Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., to work on a healthcare bill.

“I’ve been suggesting since last May that we should fund the [cost sharing reductions] because the alternative is higher premiums,” he said, adding: “the insurance companies will get their money either way.”

“And people working hard that can't afford Obamacare policies and the individual market get priced out of the insurance market. It is a legitimate point of view not to put money into the collapsing markets, but I look at the reality of the situation,” he continued.

“I’ve been talking to House members to try and get what we would require to fund what we all believe are collapsing markets under Obamacare,” he added.

Trump’s reach across the aisle comes as leaders of the Senate Health Committee are trying to rally Republicans and Democrats around a short-term plan aimed at lowering Obamacare premiums for 2018 and 2019, The Hill reported.

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The Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare is "alive and well," Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., declared Sunday.In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Johnson, who supported the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, denied the effort at passage collapsed."
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