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GOP Senator: ‘It Was A Mistake’ Not To Involve Democrats In Healthcare Negotiations From The Start

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GOP Senator: ‘It Was A Mistake’ Not To Involve Democrats In Healthcare Negotiations From The Start





Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) criticized the GOP’s healthcare strategy on Wednesday, saying the negotiations should have been bipartisan from the start, with a long-term focus on controlling healthcare costs.

“I wish we were doing this on a bipartisan basis,” Johnson told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day.”

“I think it was a mistake saying right away we were going to do this partisan, that’s where we’re out. Maybe what we’re going to have to do is our partisan bill, Democrats do theirs, we’re not going to fix all of these problems. Then maybe, maybe everybody will sit down and lets long-term fix the healthcare system, let’s start controlling healthcare costs,” the Wisconsin senator continued.

The Hill added:

“Johnson said on Monday that he would vote against a motion to proceed to the upper chamber’s healthcare reform bill if a vote was to be held this week.

His comments come as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday the Senate would not be voting on the bill this week amid tensions within the Republican conference.

McConnell had previously expressed a desire to hold a vote on the legislation before Congress’s July 4 recess.”




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