Republicans ask Dems: Where’s your healthcare plan?
The Republican National Committee (RNC) on Wednesday released an ad attacking Democrats for being unwilling to work with the GOP to repeal and replace ObamaCare while not offering their own plan
The ad features video footage of Democrats such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Hillary Clinton attacking the House and Senate plans to repeal ObamaCare.
“We’ve got to fix what’s broken.” Where’s your plan, @HillaryClinton? pic.twitter.com/CmRB4mCsZd
— GOP (@GOP) July 5, 2017
It opens with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Democrats admitting that ObamaCare is fraught with problems, as well as footage of Democrats being questioned about their own replacement plan. The lawmakers’ answers are not included.
The ad also features footage of former President Bill Clinton calling ObamaCare the “craziest thing” and hitting it for rising premiums and coverage gaps.
“Democrats know ObamaCare is broken,” the ad concludes. “We have a plan to fix it.”
“Where’s their plan?” it asks.
RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel in a statement demanded Democrats put aside “political games” and work to fix America’s broken healthcare system.
“Everyone agrees Obamacare has been a disaster for the American people,” McDaniel wrote.
“While Republicans work to fix our broken healthcare system, Democrats have dug in their heels in the name of partisanship, instead focused on obstruction and resistance,” she added. “It’s past time do-nothing Democrats in Washington put aside their political games and work together with Republicans to provide affordable and accessible healthcare to all Americans.”
Several Senate Republicans have criticized their own party for negotiating and writing a healthcare bill largely behind closed doors and without input from Democrats.
“Healthcare is such an important thing. I think we should have debated it in open, in committee hearings, have both sides bring in witnesses,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said last month.
“I would like a more open process, that’s for sure,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), another key vote on the bill.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) late last month pushed President Trump to meet with Senate Democrats to discuss a bipartisan healthcare deal.
“I repeat the offer I made to President Trump and my Republican friends yesterday: Let’s start over. Drop this fundamentally flawed approach … and we can discuss the problems that our Americans are actually concerned about: the cost, the quality and availability on healthcare,” Schumer said from the Senate floor.
Schumer stressed that Democrats were ready to talk about improving healthcare when lawmakers return from the July Fourth holiday recess.
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