Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) called Obamacare the “greatest assault on freedom in our lifetime” in an interview with the Atlas Society.
“I think Americans are a little bit like frogs in that pot of water,” he said. “The water’s being brought up to boil.” He said he ran for Senate in 2010 because of President Barack Obama’s health care law, which he called “greatest assault on freedom in our lifetime.”
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“I would not call this ObamaCare repeal. It’s definitely not repealing ObamaCare,” he said.
“I don’t think there’s enough, probably, in there to bring down those premiums, which I think is a problem with both the House and maybe the Senate bill now,” he said, expressing doubt that he will have a firm grasp by next week of how the legislation will affect rising premiums.
“I have a hard time believing I’ll have that information prior to when leadership may want to vote on this,” he added.
The Hill, 6/22/17
While I understand the concern, I would not want to be one of a handful of Senators that blew a chance to get rid of ObamaCare.
Still, if he can help negotiate a better bill, great. But the Senate is running out of time.
And here’s the problem with a splintered GOP. Conservatives like Johnson want to pressure Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to move the bill further to the right. Centrists are applying pressure of their own. If McConnell moves one way he takes a big chance he’ll lose support from the other side.