Sen. Johnson Says He Was Never Outright Opposed to Obamacare Repeal Bill, Just Needs More Time

Sen. Johnson Says He Was Never Outright Opposed to Obamacare Repeal Bill, Just Needs More Time

Sen. Ron Johnson, WI, on Wednesday said that the never expressed that he was totally opposed to the Senate bill to repeal Obamacare and spoke more positively about the legislation than he had previously.

“I never said I was ‘no’ on this bill. I was very hard ‘no’ in terms of taking a vote this week,” the Wisconsin Senator said during an appearance on MSNBC. “That was absurd because we didn’t have the information, and now we’re starting to get some information.”

Johnson said earlier this week that he would block a procedural vote if Senate leadership attempted to bring the bill to a vote this week.

The Senator added that Republicans may have to pass a bill that isn’t perfect and fix it at a later date.

“We have to do something. Anything we pass is not going to be perfect so maybe what we’re going to have to do is — the Democrats passed theirs on a partisan basis — maybe we’ve got to do this and hopefully we can take their offer and work together to actually fix our health care system,” he said.

Johnson added that he didn’t agree with leadership’s plan to push the bill without seeking support from any Democrats.

“First of all I did not agree with leadership when they immediately said we’re going to do this on a purely partisan basis. We should have focused on the damage done by Obamacare, the skyrocketing premiums,” Johnson said, adding that “it’s not like Democrats are stepping up to the plate.”

via Talking Points Memo

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