Top GOP senator to Democrats: Offer your own bill to fix ObamaCare

Greg Nash

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Tuesday that if Democrats don’t like a House bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare, they should offer their own legislation.  

“if you don’t like this proposal, then what’s your suggestion? What’s your suggestion?” he asked during a weekly Senate GOP leadership news conference. 
“I’m sensing that they’re just sitting back on their hands and taking great glee, great joy, out of seeing this market place of their creation melting down and people being left high and dry,” he added.
Democrats have skewered a House bill that would dismantle core provisions of ObamaCare, including the Medicaid expansion, and put in place a new tax credit to help people buy insurance.
{mosads}A growing number of GOP senators is raising concerns over the bill after the Congressional Budget Office predicted that under the legislation 14 million additional people would become uninsured by 2018, with that number growing to 24 million by 2026. 
But top Senate Republicans continued to defend the House bill on Tuesday, arguing it’s currently the only path to repealing and replacing ObamaCare and is open to changes. 
Cornyn on Tuesday referred to Republicans as a “rescue team” that is trying to improve the insurance market. 
“If [Democrats] don’t like what has been proposed by the House, then we invite them to join us as we solve the problem,” he added. 
Democrats have said for years that Republicans should work with them to repair, but not replace, ObamaCare. 
Asked about Cornyn’s comments, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) argued that Democrats had already offered a bill—the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 
“We’ve offered it. It’s on the books. It’s working,” he said. “We have told Senator Cornyn and the others, if [Senate Majority] Leader [Mitch] McConnell… Speaker [Paul] Ryan, and President Trump say tomorrow they’re giving up on repeal we’ll work with them to improve ACA.” 
Schumer added that he ran into Cornyn in the Senate gym earlier Tuesday and said he told him that Republicans should “back off repeal.”
“It’s a loser for the American people…and we’ll work with you.” 
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