Sen. Mike Johanns says the federal healthcare law can be altered a little, but should be scrapped
Johanns says Congress must address the concerns being raised about the healthcare law.
“Washington created this problem and Washington has a responsibility to fix it,” Johanns tells reporters during a conference call.
Johanns says the problems with the law go beyond its troubled website.
Johanns says Congress could address whether Americans can keep their current health insurance policies, a promise made by President Barack Obama when pitching the plan more than three years ago. Rules promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services make it highly unlikely that Americans with single coverage will be able to keep the health insurance policy they now have.
Johanns, a Republican who has been harshly critical of the law, says he didn’t hold out much hope before that Democrats would be willing to re-visit the law. Now, he sees that changing.
“I am optimistic we’ll keep trying to do the things that might improve the law, but at the end of the day I made the decision years ago that this wasn’t fixable, really. It needs to be repealed. It was just poor policy from the get go and, unfortunately, we got stuck with it.”