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Carson: Don’t ‘pull the rug out’ on ObamaCare without replacement

Greg Nash
Ben Carson on Thursday said it would be unfair to “pull the rug out” from under people who rely on ObamaCare without having a suitable replacement.
 
“Yeah, I’ve said that many times,” Carson said during his Senate confirmation hearing. “I don’t think it’s reasonable to pull the rug out from anybody. We always have to make sure that we are taking care of our citizens, regardless of our political persuasions.”
 
Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, is President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Trump has vowed to repeal large swaths of ObamaCare early on in his administration.
 
Senate Republicans voted Wednesday night to pass a budgetary measure that would more easily allow for the repeal ObamaCare. Carson suggested lawmakers should first come up with a plan to replace it.
 
{mosads}Though Carson would not be involved in the repeal at HUD, his opinion has been sought after because of his medical experience.
 
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who pressed Carson for his stance on the repeal of ObamaCare, seemed pleased with his response: “If you were the senator from Florida instead of Sen. [Marco] Rubio [R], then the vote last night might have ended up differently,” he joked.
 
Carson laughed nervously.
 
Earlier in the hearing, Rubio introduced Carson.
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