United States Sen. Ben Sasse says he doesn’t want to look back, but rather look forward on health care.
Sasse says things began falling apart shortly after Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled his health care proposal.
“They’re probably a hundred ways to Monday-morning quarterback this and I don’t want to start doing much of that yet, because we still have 10 days where leader McConnell may be able to get us across the finish line,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network in a telephone interview.
If that doesn’t happen, Sasse has a proposal for Senate Republicans to consider. He proposes Republicans use their slim majority in the Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Sasse has long championed full repeal and replacement.
He reasons Republicans can muster the votes needed for repeal. Democrats staunchly oppose repealing President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy.
Democrats have refused to work with Republicans on the McConnell measure. Full repeal with a one-year delay would force Democrats to come to the table.
“If you do the repeal first, and then you say in a year this system is going to be gone,” Sasse says, “so all 100 of us are on the hook for explaining to the American people and our constituents and voters what we’re in favor of, all of a sudden there is a heck of a lot more urgency about this equation.”
Sasse says it is hard to get across a sense of urgency in Washington. Repeal would provide motivation to work on addressing health care problems.
Sasse contends the Affordable Care Act has failed, driving up the cost of health insurance and failing to address systematic flaws in the country’s health care system.
Republicans hold only a slim majority in the United States Senate, which is composed of 52 Republicans, 46 Democrats, and two independents who caucus with Democrats.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]