Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-NJ, who co-authored an amendment that is winning support for the GOP’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, on Thursday said no healthcare plan will make everyone happy.
“The goal has been to try to get everyone who was struggling with this bill to get to yes. And the only way to do that is to balance these two things: bring costs down for people and make sure we protect the vulnerable people,” MacArthur said during an interview with CNN.
“No bill is going to satisfy everyone. This is certainly not a perfect bill and for some people, there are elements of it that they struggle with.”
McCarther was asked if the healthcare bill had the votes, and said: “We’re going to find out.”
“I only know this. I came here to make a difference and I saw and see a problem that needs to be fixed for the sake of the American people,” he said.
“And I’m working to get to a solution.”
McCarther said Republicans will need to get votes from lawmakers in more centrist and conservative districts.
“I was one of nine Republicans in the first place who voted no on starting this process because I thought it was being rushed and I was very concerned that we had left the Democrats out of the process,” the New Jersey Congressman said.
“I hope and I will continue to work to make sure that as we deal with other issues, whether it’s tax reform or financial service reform, we have got to get this House back to working on a bipartisan basis.”