"The direction and changes in this discussion draft were because of the discussions with Republican members," Enzi said.
Barrasso released a statement Thursday in which he said the
"What we are proposing steers health care sharply away from federal mandates, higher taxes and government control," Barrasso states.
"The bill is not perfect, and because of budget rules it doesn't include every prescription I would have liked. What I do know is that our path is a vast improvement over Obamacare and will finally start to build a health-care system that works for many more Americans."
The Obamacare marketplace is in turmoil. Amid uncertainty as to whether they can count on critical federal funds to compensate carriers for covering low-income customers, insurers continue pulling out of the market. This has left counties in several states with few-to-no health insurance options.
As with Obamacare's passage in 2010, the passage of
"As we move forward debating the discussion draft released (Thursday), senators will have the opportunity to offer amendments," he said. "In the
Senate Majority Leader
"We have been discussing the problems with Obamacare for seven years, and many of these ideas have been discussed with colleagues over the last several months," Enzi said.
"While the discussion draft may have just been released, the ideas themselves are not all new, and members will have a chance to offer amendments to the bill on the floor."
"We have a lot of restrictions on what we can do with this proposal because of the rules of reconciliation, so it may not have everything everybody wants," he said.
"But ultimately Obamacare is collapsing, and the longer we wait, the worse the problem will get. This is our opportunity to make a difference."
Enzi said he's not focused on what will happen next should the
"We cannot fix the system by just ignoring the problems we face," he said. "There are people suffering, and that is why it is so important that we get this done now."
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