A Nebraska Congressman wants Congress to try again to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Congressman Adrian Smith says a full repeal and replace might have been too big a bite to chew.
“Let’s tackle the issues,” Smith tells LNK Today on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “We know we won’t get everything we want with one vote, but if we can move the ball down the field, I think that is a more effective strategy that just kind of digging in and insisting on more than we can really get.”
Smith calls the Affordable Care Act a terrible, terrible law.
He says he answered one of the telephones in his office on the day the vote was scheduled to take place, speaking with many constituents.
“I took a call from a farmer who told me his premium is $2,200 a month in addition to $5,000 deductible or co-pay,” according to Smith. “That’s not what was promised. I think that’s ultimately hurting our economy.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the proposed repeal and replacement of the ACA before a vote could be held, conceding he didn’t have enough votes to pass the measure. No indication has been given on when another measure might be considered.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]