The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Representative Lee Terry of Nebraska broke away from the Republican mantra of “repeal and replace” yesterday, admitting that the GOP does actually have any plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Terry made the admission during an interview with Think Progress on Thursday morning, shortly before the Supreme Court ruling was released.

“The mantra for a while has been ‘repeal and replace.’ Is there an idea of what the replace would be yet?” reporter Scott Keyes asked Terry.

“No,” Terry replied. “We want to take it in a very deliberate, open approach and take everybody’s ideas.”

Think Progress has a transcript of the full exchange:

KEYES: If it does ultimately all get struck down, what do we do for 57 million people who have pre-existing conditions?
TERRY: We’re going to work on that. We’re going to do it by looking at first, how do we lower health care costs, how do we make the system more efficient and less costly.
KEYES: Are there any ideas on how to do that?
TERRY: There’s going to be lots of ideas. We just have to accept all of them.
KEYES: Do we have any yet?
TERRY: We’re going to hold hearings, we’re going to invite experts. This is not going to be a closed process at all. It’s going to be completely open where we take as many ideas for reform as we can get and then we’ll see what it takes to deal with those that need more attention if they have significant pre-existing. So we’re going to deal with all of those issues.
KEYES: The mantra for a while has been “repeal and replace.” Is there an idea of what the replace would be yet?
TERRY: No. We want to take it in a very deliberate, open approach and take everybody’s ideas.

Terry is not the first Republican to admit that the GOP doesn’t have a plan to fix America’s health care system if President Obama’s reform is repealed. On Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh claimed that he received a call from House Speaker John Boehner which “made it clear that repeal — and not repeal and replace, but repeal — was going to be the focal point for the House Republicans.”

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

From left Reps. Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, and Louis Gohmert

Screenshot from The Hill video

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and three other “Sedition Caucus” Republicans held a press conference Tuesday allegedly to decry the conditions at the D.C. jail, which is housing accused suspects awaiting trial for actions during the January 6 Capitol riot. But Greene and her three co-members used the event primarily to further false far-right claims about the insurrection, while wrongly claiming they are being “persecuted” by the government – a talking point Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly used.

Keep reading... Show less

Danziger Draws

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir.

x
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}