Local Healthcare Bill Reaction

Wisconsin senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin weighed in after a busy day in the nation’s capital. Fox 25/48's Amanda Tyler has their reaction. One of President Trump's main campaign promises -- repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act-- is facing its largest hurdle yet.

After the senate healthcare bill doesn't get enough senators on board, the new plan now by senate leader Mitch McConnell is repeal now, replace later.

But that plan is already getting pushback from some republican lawmakers.

Democrats like Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin say the move to repeal without a replacement plan is irresponsible.

"Here is the bottom line, Mitch McConnell indicates that he is going to push to a vote on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The consequences are millions would be uninsured, up to 32 million. Higher premiums costs and chaos and disruptions in our nations insurance markets."

Senator Ron Johnson said he is focused on finding a path forward and fixing what he calls a mess caused by democrats.

"Oh, I'll vote to repeal it, absolutely. We've got to put pressure on this body to fix this mess and I also said early on we should have been talking to democrats, focusing on the damage done by Obamacare asking the question well who caused this mess? It wasn't republicans. It was democrats and ask us to help fix their mess."

Johnson says while action in the senate remains in flux, his hope is to continue to, "work to bridge differences within the conference to pass a bill."

Senate republican leader Mitch McConnell says he may push for a repeal-only vote,  knowing it might fail... while President Trump has his own idea for the future.

"We're not gonna own it. I'm not gonna own it. Republicans not gonna own it. We're gonna let Obamacare fail and the democrats are gonna come to us and say how do we fix it."

In Eau Claire, Amanda Tyler, Fox 25/48 News at Nine.


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