With the news this week that more than 600,000 Washington residents have acquired new health care plans through the state exchange, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a stalwart opponent of the Affordable Care Act, said it’s unlikely the President Obama’s landmark program will be repealed.
“We need to look at reforming the exchanges,” the Eastern Washington Republican said Thursday.
The five-term congresswoman and chair of the House Republican Conference kicked off her re-election campaign this week with visits to Walla Walla, Colville and Spokane. She faces Democratic challenger Joe Pakootas.
McMorris Rodgers has been part of the Republican leadership in the House that has voted multiple times to repeal parts or all of the health care law. GOP members have said it is unworkable, will increase costs for some and force others into inadequate coverage or plans they don’t want.
McMorris Rodgers continued those criticisms Thursday, but said the framework established by the law likely will persist and reforms should take place within its structure.
“It is a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to health care,” she said. Consumers should have more choice for their coverage, and Democrats should abandon the idea that everyone will enroll because of the mandate, McMorris Rodgers added,
The congresswoman also said that the 85 percent of enrollees who received Medicaid coverage is a sign the program is not sustainable and many will receive subpar care.
“You’re seeing where they’ve had to reduce programs for the very people it’s meant to help,” McMorris Rodgers said. “Somebody’s going to have to pay the bill.”
Let me get this straight:
310-million out of the 318-million people in this land want nothing to do with the President’s bunch of bureaucratic manure… a system everyone admits cannot possibly work to improve care, and control costs… but both Republican and Democratic leadership say—as far as they’re concerned—it’s here to stay.
OK, got it.
So first we toss your sorry, cowardly, wimpy rear ends in the street—and the People will start over again, building a government that actually serves us, rather than ruling over us on behalf of its crony capitalist friends, and for its own wallets.
Thanks for making that clear, Ms. McMorris Rodgers. Now… get lost.