Back in the 1990’s, then U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey was a champion when it came to health care reform. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan says the American Health Care Act says it keeps the GOP’s promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. There is a lot of criticism even among fellow Republicans who disagree what the next step should be.
Kerrey says this sweeping change in health care is missing one important ingredient.
Kerrey says, “It is a good faith effort to come up a replacement. The problem he is going to have is that he has got significant numbers of his own party that will oppose almost anything to replace. They just want to repeal. My own experience with health care is if you are going to get it done it has to be bipartisan. It was a big mistake that Democrats made in 2010 because if it isn’t bipartisan it is so easy to misrepresent it.”
Kerrey says the lack of bipartisanship in Washington is causing progress in many areas to grind to a halt. Many people are saying the fighting on Capitol Hill is the worse it has ever been and it is just vicious. Getting that to stop isn’t going to be easy. Kerrey says, “I think it is entirely up to the people. We are going to have to object when individuals of our own party misrepresent, particularly when they say things that aren’t true and they throw these rhetorical bombs because they can terrify people.” He says social media isn’t doing some politicians any favors because a small number of people can basically “troll you into oblivion.”