One of the primary critics of the Affordable Care Act insists Congress must repeal and replace it, contending it cannot be fixed.
His stance hasn’t change.
United States Sen. Ben Sasse says the Affordable Care Act must be repealed and replaced.
“The core problem of Obamacare is that it has an essential minimum benefits package floor that is way too high, which is what prohibits people from buying different kinds of policies again that may meet the needs that they have,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Sasse says the Affordable Care Act has a lot of good goals; it just doesn’t work.
But, Sasse adds it couldn’t work, because it attempts to centrally plan the largest sector of the United States economy, which he contends cannot be done.
In Sasse’s view, every family should be able to buy the health insurance policy they want that can move with them when jobs and geography changes. He says the main reason people lose health coverage is because they change jobs, not because they cannot afford it. He says health care must be tailored to meet the needs of the mobile, modern economy.
Sasse say replacement must go along with repeal so assurance can be given to consumers.
“So, I don’t think you can substantively fix it incrementally. I think you can legislatively sequence a repealing moment before a replace. That’s not my preferred way. My preferred way would be for us to be having the whole conversation about replace at the same time as we repeal.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]