United States Sen. Deb Fischer is taking a wait and see approach to replacing the Affordable Care Act.
Fischer says she has been following events as they unfold in the U.S. House. She also has been listening to Nebraskans. But, she will wait to comment until a bill actually arrives in the Senate.
“I’m going to look at it and assess what impact it’s going to have on the American people,” Fischer tells reporters during a conference call.
While Fischer waits to see a final version of the bill, she does outline three provisions she says need to be included in any replacement for the ACA. Any health care law needs to cover pre-existing conditions, according to Fischer, as well as prohibit lifetime caps on coverage. Fischer also would like to see a replacement continue to allow children to remain on their parent’s health insurance plan until they turn 26.
Fischer says those are the three biggest concerns Nebraskans have mentioned to her.
No Republican supported the final version of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. It appears no Democrats will support a replacement, or even help in its crafting.
Fischer is hopeful Democrats will come around to help shape the bill, but understands Republicans might be on their own.
“So, being pragmatic, I’d say it will be tough to get anyone from the other side of the aisle on.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]