Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wisc., defended his decision to vote for the American Health Care Act during an appearance on Fox News' "America's Newsroom."
On Thursday, hours before the healthcare vote took place, a group of protesters gathered outside Duffy's office in Wausau urging him to vote no, WSAU in Wisconsin reports. Duffy voted with his party, and the bill passed 217 votes to 213.
"The truth is we all know Obamacare is imploding. People are getting hurt," he said Friday.
"I voted for it because we have to do something. We have to help people and so what we're trying to do is take that center out of Washington and put it back with our states and families and help drive down the cost of care for our American people. This is the first step."
He added that "time is of the essence. They'll make changes and tweak it and put their fingerprints on it and – I think what the positive is they'll start with the house bill. They'll start with our template and they might tweak and modify it and come back and work together and fix the differences. We're on a path to making healthcare work again."
Duffy admitted that "people have a sense the government ought to guarantee. The terms of debate are entirely on the grounds of the liberal argument that everybody ought to have insurance. Once that happens you'll end up with a single pay system."
However, "that's the not direction we're going," according to the congressman.
"It was the direction of Obamacare. I will see the point. We're trying to help people out who are poor Americans who can't afford insurance on their own. The government is stepping out and helping out that group but we're trying to drive private markets, the exact opposite of single payer in the healthcare package. You saw how tough it was. Even with the Republican base trying to get the conservatives and moderates to come together and find a package that everyone could buy into... what kind of involvement do you want government to have in healthcare?"
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